Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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CHANGE: Through Reform or Revolution?

CHANGE: Through Reform or Revolution? By H.T. Soweto Five months (5) after its inauguration, the Buhari government which was swept into power in an historic election continues to enjoy perhaps the most widespread support any government has ever had. After 16 years of brutal assault on living standards and democratic rights and serial corruption by the former ruling People’s Democratic

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Nigeria’s Economic Crisis Deepens

Nigeria’s Economic Crisis Deepens By Peluola Adewale The Nigerian economy is not yet out of the woods. Though the official report from the third quarter has not been released, nothing suggests we have already seen the worst with the last quarter report. More than anything, it appears that high oil price, the major driver of the growth of the last

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Which Way Forward for the Workers’ Movement in Nigeria?

Which Way Forward for the Workers’ Movement in Nigeria? By Ayo Ademiluyi Almost every day it is becoming clearer and clearer that the workers’ movement in Nigeria requires a radical revival as the movement is in a parlous state. At a time when a new economic crisis is developing, tens of thousands of workers are not being paid, tens of

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BAILOUT FOR STATES: Can They Really Bail Working People Out?

BAILOUT FOR STATES: Can They Really Bail Working People Out? By Kola Ibrahim When the federal government announced a bailout plan for embattled state governments, there was a kind of relief for workers and pensioners, who have been made the sacrificial lamb of the gross mismanagement of the funds that have accrued to these state governments. According to the Nigerian

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NO TO ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKE

NO TO ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKE By Aj Dagga Tolar With over N4 trillion of public fund spent on electricity in the past sixteen years, there is particularly no reason whatsoever why any part of the country should be in darkness, and yet the situation on ground is that many communities in the country are not even connected to the national

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FOR A NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE!

FOR A NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE! By Segun Sango, National Chairman, SPN The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) urgently calls on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to now take seriously the need to fight for a new national minimum wage. We hold that apart from the fact that the current minimum wage, which was last

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HOUSING CRISIS FOR MILLIONS IN NIGERIA:

HOUSING CRISIS FOR MILLIONS IN NIGERIA: Only a Working People’s Government With Socialist Policies Can Guarantee Massive Housing for the Working People and the Poor By Dimeji Macaulay Housing crisis is a huge issue for Nigerians. Millions live in homes that have been precariously built in terrible places that have life threatening environment in the “showcase” Federal Capital Territory, let

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Apathy as Cote d’ Ivoire Holds Presidential Election

Apathy as Cote d’ Ivoire Holds Presidential Election By Jules Konan, Ivorian Committee for a Workers’ International sympathizing group The mood in Côte d’Ivoire is a very unusual one at the moment as the presidential elections scheduled for October 25 approaches. It can only be characterized as a complete apathy towards the outcome, mixed with fear that the country might

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MIGRANT CRISIS: Another Shameful By-product of Capitalism

MIGRANT CRISIS: Another Shameful By-product of Capitalism Amidst debates and concerns about the growing migrant crisis, Lanre Arogundade hereby offers a working class socialist perspective and analysis of some key issues involved. By Lanre Arogundade WORST THAN WORLD WAR PERIOD The figures commonly bandied in the world’s leading elite media about the number of migrants or refugees seeking asylum or

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PUBLIC EDUCATION AT THE MERCY OF AUSTERITY POLICIES

PUBLIC EDUCATION AT THE MERCY OF AUSTERITY POLICIES For United Actions Of Teachers, Students And Parents To Defend Public Education By Wole Olubanji National Mobilisation Officer, ERC The education sector is facing serious crisis today. Beyond the poor conditions of learning in schools; there is a whole new level of agitations and appeals that government should pay the salaries and

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NLC MUST END ANTI-LABOUR PRACTICES IN LCTS

NLC MUST END ANTI-LABOUR PRACTICES IN LCTS CDWR Demands Reinstatement of Sacked LCTS Worker By Bosah Chinedu The Labour City Transport Limited (LCTS) is a transport scheme supposedly to assist workers move from one point to another affordably. In the absence of a coordinated, integrated and adequately funded public transportation, any private initiative will fail to resolve the transportation difficulties

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Over One Decade of the ERC Free Holiday Coaching in Ajegunle

Over One Decade of the ERC Free Holiday Coaching in Ajegunle By Fidel Davynovich, DSM, Ajegunle This year’ annual free summer coaching of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) came to an end on Wednesday 9 September, 2015. This was after six weeks of the exercise with about 450 secondary school students (in SS1, SS2 and SS3) and 30 volunteer teachers

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VICTORY FOR LACASERA WORKERS

VICTORY FOR LACASERA WORKERS PICKETING FORCES MANAGEMENT TO RECALL WORKERS AND ALLOW UNIONIZATION By Chinedu Bosah, Publicity Secretary, CDWR Chinedu Bosah, CDWR Publicity Secretary, addressing the protesting workers – photo DSM   (Click to enlarge) The picketing of La Casera, an Indian owned company, that started on September 11, 2015, was led by the National Union of Food, Beverage, Tobacco employees

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NLC PICKETS COMPANIES TO MARK WORLD DECENT WORK DAY

NLC PICKETS COMPANIES TO MARK WORLD DECENT WORK DAY TRADE UNION LEADERS MUST DEEPEN STRUGGLE AGAINST ANTI-LABOUR PRACTICES By Chinedu Bosah Stop Precarious work demo – photo DSM Workers and some key leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and members of pro-labour organizations affiliated to Joint Action Front (JAF) converged on October 7, 2015 at the secretariat of the

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Aregbesola Government Should Accede to the Demands of Lecturers and Medical Officers in Osun State

Aregbesola Government Should Accede to the Demands of Lecturers and Medical Officers in Osun State Government should pay all outstanding salaries, deductions and pensions of workers Aregbesola should Stop Bullying the Press The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Osun State, bemoans the failure of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led Osun State government to accede to the genuine demands of the academic staff

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PERENNIAL FUEL SHORTAGES:

PERENNIAL FUEL SHORTAGES: Need for Public Ownership of Oil Industry By H.T. Soweto For weeks in April and May 2015, a drought of fuel has hit Nigeria, ironically Africa’s top economy and largest crude oil producer. Queues have returned to petrol stations. Transport costs are rising. Where fuel is available, it goes for as much as N150 per litre and

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A RADICAL PROGRAMME TO TACKLE THE CRISIS IN THE OIL SECTOR

A RADICAL PROGRAMME TO TACKLE THE CRISIS IN THE OIL SECTOR The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) urgently proposes the following steps as emergency measures to tackle the crisis in the oil sector, restore products availability, reverse pump price to official price, clean up the oil industry and take the oil wealth from oil cartels and crooks and return it to

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ELECTRICITY PRIVATISATION HAS FAILED

ELECTRICITY PRIVATISATION HAS FAILED For Return of Power Sector to Public Ownership under Democratic Control By Peluola Adewale On October 25, 2010, electricity workers and activists under the auspices of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Joint Action Front (JAF) embarked on protest march from Yaba to Marina in Lagos to mobilise mass opposition to the then planned

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Worsening Electricity Supply Sparks Protest In Many Communities

Worsening Electricity Supply Sparks Protest In Many Communities By Chinedu Bosah The worsening of electricity supply and monumental exploitation of consumers since the privatization of the power sector has triggered protests in many communities in the last 4 months across the country especially in Lagos. In May the electricity generation went down to an all-time low of 1300MW for a

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DEEPENING CRISIS IN THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT:

DEEPENING CRISIS IN THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT: Need To Rebuild the Movement as a Fighting and United Platform for the Working Masses By Chinedu Bosah The rival May Day rallies this year were an illustration that, for the first time in decades, the trade union movement is formally split. Many workers wanting a united Labour response to the country’s deepening