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Socialist Democracy March 2004

 

UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN CELEBRATES DSM WEEK

The University of Ibadan (UI) branch of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) celebrated its week on Wednesday and Thursday, 21st and 22nd January 2004 with a series of activities including a symposium, a lectures and a public awareness rally.

For the UI chapter, the week marked a significant step forward especially against the backdrop of about three years of harassment, intimidation and victimisation of the leading members of the organisation on that campus as part of the larger clampdown of the university authorities on independent unionism, the struggle for which DSM members have been at the forefront.

The event, which took place at the students' union building for the three days it lasted, was preceded by a public awareness rally and "gyration" rounds the halls of residence on campus to publicise the event.

This was followed by a public symposium on "Historical Materialism: How Marxists Analyse Society". The third day featured a political discussion/debate on "Poverty In a Globalised World: Possible Alternatives To Combat This Global Menace".

The week attracted speakers from both the campus and outside, including Barrister Doyin Odebowale, Dr. Oka Obono, Babatunde Oluajo (Sankara) and others whose contributions helped in making the event a memorable one. About 20 people indicated interest in becoming members of the organisation in the course of the activities marking the week.

 

 

Socialist Democracy March 2004