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29 July 2012

PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL: SELLING OFF NIGERIA'S OIL WEALTH TO LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CAPITALIST HAWKS

Working class and socialist activists must build mass movement from below to defeat neo-liberal capitalist pill

By Ayo Ademiluyi

The anti-poor regime of Goodluck Jonathan has perfected a "new" Petroleum Industry Bill, which for all practical purposes is meant to hand over Nigeria's oil wealth to a few private individuals and oil multinationals. It would be recalled that the Bill originally surfaced under late Umar Musa Yar'adua regime and has gone through some "polishing" to meet the greed of local bourgeois investors and imperialist hawks seeking to suck up mega-profits from Nigeria's oil wealth, while only being expected to make unspecified payments to the Nigerian government periodically.

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7 February 2012

Video: Story of the great general strike

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Interview granted at a recent international meeting of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) by Segun Sango, the General Secretary of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), on the recent general strike against fuel price hike. In the interview, Sango articulates a genuine socialist and revolutionary programme and strategy which the working masses must embrace and uphold in the quest to achieve permanent living standards and true democratic rightsInterview: Nigerian General Strike from Mel Gregson on Vimeo.

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17 January 2012

WIDESPREAD DISAPOINTMENT AND ANGER AS LABOUR SUSPENDS STRIKE

Joint Action Front, Lagos, 16 January

Joint Action Front, Lagos, 16 January

Struggle forces Jonathan back a bit, but could have won far more with a more resolute leadership

We Condemn Repression by Police and Army!

By Peluola Adewale

Monday, January 16, saw the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress call off the general strike which had paralyzed activities in Nigeria for one week. The whole country had come to a halt in anger at the surprise New Year Day's fuel price hike, the government was completely isolated during the strike's duration. If Labour had offered a clear lead this struggle could not only have forced back the price hike but also laid the basis for a complete transformation of the country. Now there is the danger that this result will lead to a temporary disappointment with the results of mass Labour struggle.

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17 January 2012

WIDESPREAD DISAPOINTMENT AND ANGER AS LABOUR SUSPENDS STRIKE

Struggle forces Jonathan back a bit, but could have won far more with a more resolute leadership

We Condemn Repression by Police and Army!

By Peluola Adewale

The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress have called off the strike which paralyzed activities in the country during the last one week. The whole country had come to a halt in anger at the fuel price hike, the government was completely isolated during the strike's duration. If Labour had offered a clear lead this struggle could not only have forced back the price hike but also laid the basis for a complete transformation of the country. Now there is the danger that this result will lead to a temporary disappointment with the results of mass Labour struggle.

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12 January 2012

DAY 3 OF INDEFINITE STRIKE

Millions out in Mass Actions across the Country

Jonathan's Government isolated – time for a workers' and poor people's government

By DSM Reporters

On Wednesday, January 11, the day three of the indefinite strike and mass protest declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), all over the country millions were effectively out in protests and other mass actions on Wednesday.

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10 January 2012

Nigeria: Day One of Indefinite Strike:

Total shut down across the Country as the Working Class Shows it Owns Society

By DSM reporters

On Monday 9th January, 2011, tens of thousands of Nigerians marched through the streets of Lagos in demonstration against the removal of fuel subsidy by the Nigerian government. As a result of this policy, petroleum price has shot up from N65 to between N140 to N200. Cost of food, transport and basic services have soared by several percentage points as the market reacts.

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6 January 2012

DSM REJECTS FUEL PRICE HIKE AND OTHER NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES

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10 March 2009

UNCONDITIONAL NO TO DEREGULATION AND PRIVATISATION OF THE OIL SECTOR

LABOUR MUST SAY:

For clearly over two decades now a combination of international capitalist forces (particularly oil corporations and cartels) and their Nigerian pro-imperialist, capitalist backers have been waging a protracted, and sometimes ferocious war, with the labour movement in order to put oil, the mainstay of the Nigeria's economy, under total control of profit merchants in the name of deregulation and privatization. Despite the all too often incoherence and timidity of most labour leaders, the mass of the working people – those who suffer the brutal effect of every neo-liberal, anti-poor economic policy - had, through numerous mass action including strikes and public demonstrations, prevented total success for the capitalist ruling class in this regard.

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September 1

September 1, 2005

ONE FUEL PRICE HIKE TOO MANY

Marxists often state that counter-revolution invariably always act as the whiplash of revolution. This is the best way to interpret the easy manner with which some of the slogans which were raised by the DSM were unanimously adopted at the meeting of the Joint Action Forum (JAF) which held on 31st August, 2005 in the wake of the hike of a litre of petrol price from N51 to N65.

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August 31, 2005

 

Joint Action Forum

REGIME CHANGE IS OUR STAND

MASS RESISTANCE IS OUR VEHICLE

SYSTEM CHANGE IS OUR GOAL

Text of Press Conference given by the Joint Action Forum (JAF) on August 31, 2005 at the Centre for Constitutional Governance, Lagos.

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16 June 2004

DSM Statement

GENERAL STRIKE AND THE CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION

The recent countrywide, general strike and protest called by Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) has revealed, with special clarity many crucial aspects of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political situation. Many activists will have questions about what lessons can be learnt from what was the four general strike in fourth years and what should be the next steps.

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9 June 2004

PRESS RELEASE

THE CURRENT STRIKE: THE ISSUES INVOLVED

(1) The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) uses this medium to congratulate the Nigerian working masses on the successful prosecution of the on going general strike called by Labour and civil society organisations to protest the fresh wave of attacks on Nigerians by the anti-poor Obasanjo led PDP capitalist government viz-a-viz the unjustifiable, inexplicable and vexatious increase in price of petroleum products.

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9 June 2004

NATIONAL CONSCIENCE PARTY
Lagos State Chapter
PRESS RELEASE

FREE FEMI ABORISHADE NOW

The Lagos State chapter of the National Conscience Party (NCP) unequivocally condemns the arrest of Mr. Femi Aborisade, the National General Secretary of the NCP for his active support for the general strike and protests by the working masses against the recent increase in fuel prices.

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3 June 2004

OPEN LETTER TO NLC LEADERSHIP AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC

NLC STRIKE AGAINST HIKE IN FUEL PRICE : TIME FOR REGIME AND SYSTEM CHANGE

We in the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) welcome the declaration of the ultimatum by the leadership of NLC after its NEC meeting of Wednesday June 2, 2004 that by June 9 if the prices of petroleum products are not reverted to the pre-May 2004 price levels it would call out workers for an indefinite strike.

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18 May 2004

National Conscience Party, Lagos State Chapter.

Press Statement

Fuel Price Increase: Time for Total Fight Back.

The contemplated fresh increase in the prices of petroleum products, which would mean the fifth in five years of Obasanjo’s regime, is a pointer to the fact that the regime is religiously committed to carrying out a comprehensive package of policies which severally and collectively only tend to attack the living standard of poorest sections of the society, especially the working class.

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STOP FUEL TAX

 

12 January 2004

KICK OUT OBASANJO'S ANTI-POOR GOVERNMENT

For An Independent Working People's Political Alternative Now!!

The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) fully supports the renewed campaign by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to resume the suspended general strike/protest against President Obasanjo led PDP capitalist government, especially, its anti-poor policy of increases in the price of petroleum products under the guise of deregulation of the down stream sector of the petroleum industry. 

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OCTOBER FUEL PRICE HIKE

 

15 October 2003

PRESS STATEMENT

Trade Union leaders arrested:

FREE DETAINED LABOUR LEADERS AND STOP ALL ATTACKS ON THE LABOUR MOVEMENT

The Democratic Socialist Movement calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the six labour leaders who were refused bail and sent to prison custody by an Abuja magistrate court on Tuesday, 14th October 2003.

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12 October 2003

General Strike suspended at last minute

At the end of September there was outrage when the government suddenly deregulated the price of fuel leading to an immediate 15% jump in prices.

The combination of this latest price rise and President Obasanjo’s silence on the issue when he gave his Independence Day speech on October 1 provoked a huge wave of anger.

Obasanjo himself was drowned out by booing when he attempted to give the official opening speech at the opening ceremony of 8th All Africa Games being held in Abuja.

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Socialist Democracy September - October 2003

ANOTHER FUEL PRICE INCREASE?

By Chinedu Bosah

It is with shock that most Nigerians received the news that the Obasanjo government might increase prices of petroleum products again very soon, for the fourth time in less than five years and just three months after the last unpopular increment that led to nationwide protests and a general strike.

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JULY 2003 FUEL PRICE STRUGGLE

 

26th July 2003

Socialist Democracy Special Bulletin August 2003

General Strike against fuel price rise:

The Lesson For The Working Masses

After eight days of grim heroic struggles, the Obasanjo government was forced to reduce the recent increment in fuel prices by 15%. Now petrol officially is to sell at N34 per litre instead of N40, while diesel and kerosene respectively will sell at N32 instead of N38.

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POLICE KILLING OF PROTESTERS:

Labour Must Fight For Justice

The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) has called for an independent labour movement enquiry into the killing, by the police, of several unarmed protesters during the general strike and protests against hike in fuel price increase.

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8th July 2003

DSM PRESS RELEASE

POLICE KILLINGS OF PROTESTERS:
OBASANJO REGIME, POLICE AUTHORITIES MUST BE HELD RESPONSIBLE

The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) condemns the callous killings of several innocent Nigerians and peaceful protesters by the Nigeria Police in the attempt by the Obasanjo government to quell the nationwide strike and mass protests against its 20th June cold-hearted and anti-poor hike in the prices of petroleum products.

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2nd July 2003

NIGERIA’S STRIKE:
WORKERS DEMONSTRATE THEIR POTENTIAL POWER

There has been massive response across Nigeria to the general strike called by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to protest against the 54% increase in the prices of domestically-consumed petroleum products. The price of petrol was on 20th June raised from N26 to N40 per litre, diesel from N26 to N38 and kerosene from N24 to N38.

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30th June 2003

Strike and protests: a massive rejection of an unpopular policy
Joint Action Council Against Hike in Fuel Price (JACAHFP)
Press release

JACAHFP bannerThe Joint Action Council Against Hike In Fuel Price (JACAHFP) wishes to salute the Nigerian working people for their observation today of the nation-wide strike action called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the mass protests organised by JACAHFP against the callous and inhuman increase in fuel price by the Obasanjo regime.

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Socialist Democracy July - August 2003

Editorial:
Fuel Price Increase:
Reject The Callous Attack On Poor Working Masses

Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) banner on anti fuel price hike demoWe in the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) strongly condemn the callous, provocative, entirely insensitive and anti-poor fuel price increase just announced by the Obasanjo regime.

Our opposition to this price hike is based on the following reasons:

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Socialist Democracy July - August 2003

Fuel Price Hike: NLC, NCP Call Mass Action
  • For Total Reversal Of The Increment

  • For A 48-hour General Strike

  • Formation of A Strike/Struggle Committee In Every Community

There is widespread outrage and anger across the country over the recent anti-poor and callous over 50% increase in fuel prices by the Obasanjo administration.

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27th June 2003

Joint Action Council Against Hike In Fuel Price (JACAHFP)
FIGHT THE HIKE IN FUEL PRICE

For the third time in just over four years the Obasanjo regime has again increased the pump price of petroleum products from N26 per litre for petrol to N40 per litre, while kerosene and diesel are to sell for N38 per litre each. 

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21st June, 2003

FUEL PRICE INCREASE:
REJECT THE CALLOUS ATTACK ON POOR WORKING MASSES

We in the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) strongly condemn the callous, provocative, entirely insensitive and anti-poor fuel price increase just announced by the Obasanjo regime.

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Socialist Democracy April - May 2003 > Index

END FUEL SCARCITY, NO TO PRICE INCREASE

The current fuel scarcity across the country has subjected the poor masses to yet another hardship to the already horrible living conditions of millions of Nigerians. Long queues of vehicles and motorists are at stations looking for fuel. 

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