Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
Newspaper of the DSM
June 13, 2005
OPEN LETTER TO THE VICE-CHANCELLOR
We write to demand the immediate halt to the unjust persecution of our members by the University administration over their legitimate political believes and activities as members of the Obafemi Awolowo University Students’ Union.
May 19, 2005
Democratic Socialist Movement Press Statement:
We of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), OAU branch, hereby condemn the unwholesome indefinite postponement of the resumption for the rain semester of the 2003/2004 session by the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. To us, the repeated closure of the university is becoming too much to bear for students whose stay has been unnecessarily extended, for the fourth time in the past three sessions such that extension of resumption is almost becoming a norm in the university.
May 10 2005
OAU AUTHORITIES MUST REVERSE VINDICTIVE ASSAULT ON STUDENTS’ UNIONISM AND STUDENTS’ UNION ACTIVISTS!
Authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU Ile-Ife, have decided to expel seven students of the university, and suspend two others, for their roles in Students’ Union activities.
February 22, 2005
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY (OAU) ILE-IFE CRISIS – AN UPDATE
Barely three weeks into the resumption of activities at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, four of comrades namely Dayo Fadugba, Lawson Oviasoge, Olumide Ogunlabi and Muyiwa are now facing the threat of loss of studentship. They have been invited along with a collaborator and 24 other student activists to appear before an obvious vindictive disciplinary panel set up the university management on the crisis of November 3 2004.
We of the Democratic Socialist Movement, DSM, OAU branch welcome Great Ife students back from 3-month sojourn at home. We observe that we come back to meet a besieged campus owing to some repressive and high-handed measures put in place by the university authorities, particularly as regards the restricted access to halls of residence, a seeming conquered Students' Union Building, SUB, the extortion of so-called reparation fee, the summary expulsion of Peter Olowokandi, the PRO, Students' Union and the invitation of some student leaders and activists to a disciplinary panel.
Following the students protest of November 3, 2004 that led to the killing of a part one student, Rasheed Laketu, by armed policemen invited by the university management and the reported physical assault on the vice-chancellor, the senate of Obafemi Awolowo University on November 4 while directing that the university be closed indefinitely, also empowered the vice-chancellor to constitute a "fact finding panel".
28 May 2003
SUSPENSION OF STUDENT ACTIVISTS IN OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE, NIGERIA:
The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria, on Tuesday, 27th May 2003, suspended four student activists of the university for one session for leading mass protests against increments in school fees.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone D, i.e. the coordinating organ of all Nigerian students in all tertiary institutions in the South-West states is using this medium to officially solidarise with millions of the down trodden, oppressed, cheated, victimized, marginalized people of the world who have set aside February 15th 2003 as a special day for Anti-War protests.
Feb - Mar 2003
By Mojeed Ibrahim
The students of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife have been out of classrooms since June 2002 and the authorities have announced the new regime of fees with the introduction of new charges and increase in the payable fees.
Feb - Mar 2003
By Ojo Olajire
No doubt, the December 6th, 2002 judgement at the court of appeal in a case between UI students' union and university authorities is a major victory for UI students in their struggle for independent students' unionism. The ruling will go down as one of the decisive victories won by the students since inception of students' unionism on that campus. More ...
Nov - Dec 2002
The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have perfected plans to increase school fees come next session. The proposed charges are N4,500 for returning under-graduates and N 9,500 for fresh students. This is about 900% increment. The returning undergraduates paid N590, while fresh students N1,140 last session. The charges include accommodation and various charges for registration, including what the authorities call "admission acceptance fee". More ...