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Socialist Democracy Aug - Sept 2005


Movement Against Debt Enslavement (MADE) Petitions National Assembly On Paris Club "Debt Relief" To Nigeria

Arising from the Round Table conference on "debt relief" by DSM, NCP, CDWR and ERC, some of the organisations that participated in the conference with others invited later met and formed a campaign coalition with the objective to mobilise popular resistance against the debt enslavement and for an outright cancellation of the debt with no strings attached. The coalition which is named Movement Against Debt Enslavement (MADE) has since written an open petition to the national assembly calling on it not to endorse the payment of $12b to the Paris Club and reject the conditionalities attached to the so-called debt relief. The memorandum, a copy of which was actually sent and received by the national assembly, was presented by Segun Sango, General Secretary, DSM on behalf of the coalition at a widely covered press conference by MADE on July 14, 2005. Visit for the full text of the memorandum. In addition, MADE has also resolved to physically lobby and picket the national assembly on the matter.

Besides this, the coalition has lined up a number of activities in the short term to mobilise masses and different social groups against debt enslavement. This includes massive distribution of leaflets and other agitation materials, signature campaigns, discussion with labour leadership, student groups and pro-masses groups and most importantly, mass rallies/symposia. Already, a symposium has been scheduled to hold on Tuesday, August 30 2005 at Imoudu Hall, NLC Secretariat Yaba Lagos.



Socialist Democracy Aug - Sept 2005