Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
Come to DSM secretariat at 49 Charity Road New Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos,
Call our national office on 0805 304 5953
18 March 2019
LASU: ELECTORAL COMMISSION CONNIVES WITH MANAGEMENT TO RIG OUT ERC MEMBER AND OTHER CANDIDATES IN STUDENTS' UNION ELECTION
The Students' Union of Lagos State University (LASU) held elections into elective positions in the students' union on 27th February, 2019. The electronic voting system adopted for the conduct of the election malfunctioned particularly in certain faculties during the process of voting. Then the electoral commission during the late evening of the Election Day announced that the election would continue the following day, in order not to subject students to uncertain security situation if the election had continued through the night. But then on the next day, February 28th, the electoral body failed to go ahead with the election claiming that and would go ahead later.
However on March 14th LASU students that the electoral commission would announce as winners those candidates leading in the first day of voting. The first day’s voting showed a close election and clearly the LASU management were concerned that students might elect a campaigning leadership.
5 January 2019
Condemns NANS for opposing a nationwide strike against Education Underfunding
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) wishes to reiterate her principled support for the ongoing strike of ASUU and ASUP. We believe this strike, which is about compelling government to fulfill its social responsibility in terms of funding public education and improving the conditions of education workers, deserves the principled support of students, parents and the labour movement as a whole.
26 December 2018
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Osun State Chapter, hereby bemoans the despotic approach of the management and Governing Council of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) to the agitations and demands of the staff unions of the university. We condemn the highhandedness of the Prof. Labode Popoola-led University Management, which has led to undemocratic attacks on the rights of workers in the institution to unionisation, expression and assembly.
We call on the Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who is the visitor to the institution, and Osun State government, the owner, to stop the university administration in the ruinous path it has taken against staff unions and their leaders.
23 November 2018
Calls for a United Struggle of Students and education workers
By Wole Olubanji National Mobilisation Officer, ERC
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) fully supports the current indefinite strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). We believe that the failure of the Nigerian government to properly fund the education sector or honour agreements it freely entered with unions, as usual, are directly responsible for the present strike action.
25 October 2018
NATIONWIDE SOLIDARITY AND ORGANISED ACTION NEEDED!
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) condemns in strong terms the decision by the authorities of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, to jack up the tuition fees of the institution. Under the new fee regime imposed on working class parents and students, students of LAUTECH who are indigenes of either Osun or Oyo are to pay N200, 000; while non-indigenes are to cough up a whopping N250, 000. This is an outrageous increase from the old fee regime, which required that indigenes and non-indigenes pay the sums of N63, 000 and N72, 500 respectively.
14 July 2018
We demand a halt to all attacks on democratic rights and restoration of independent unionism
The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have reinstated the studentship of Omole Ibukun, national secretary of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) and three other activists who were suspended on 7th October 2017. Omole Ibukun and three other activists, who were reinstated on 2nd July, 2018, had been vindictively suspended for the leadership roles they played in the peaceful protests of OAU students against harsh living conditions on campus between 5th and 6th October, 2017.
This reinstatement was made possible by nine months of campaigning, an aspect of which was a call for and sending in of protest letters and appeals from supporters of democratic rights and liberty in Nigeria across the world.
16 June 2018
ERC demands that, to ensure no Nigerian Child is left behind, Nigerian government must provide free, functional and democratically-managed public education at all levels.
On the occasion of this year’s “Day of the African Child” the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) calls for improved funding and provision of free, functional and democratically-managed public education at all levels and respect of democratic rights in all education institutions as the only way to ensure Nigeria’s teeming youth population is not left behind.
26 March 2018
We call for Immediate Release of the Students
The Campaign for Democratic and Workers' Rights (CDWR), Osun State Chapter, strongly condemns the arrest, arraignment and remand of five (5) students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife by the management of the institution led by Prof. Eyitayo Ogunbodede, over flimsy reasons. Five students were arrested on Wednesday 21st February 2018 over issues of accommodation on campus. The students were subsequently arraigned and remanded in Ile-Ife Prisons on Thursday 22nd February, 2018. We call for the immediate release of these students and the frivolous charges against dropped.
22 March 2018
FIVE OAU STUDENT ACTIVISTS REMANDED IN PRISON CUSTODY FOR PROTESTING FORCEFUL EVICTION OF STUDENTS FROM HOSTELS
As authorities step up repression, escalate the solidarity
Call for Protest Letters and Messages
Repression at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun state, has taken a new turn with the arrest of five student activists and their remand, on March 22, in prison custody for protesting against the forceful eviction of students from their hostels.
The students were arrested on Wednesday 21 March 2018 while protesting against attempts by the authorities of the University to forcefully evict from hostels students who stayed back on campus during the break to undergo Teaching Practice and Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
22 February 2018
Public funded free and quality education for all devoid of discrimination should be the priority
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemns a new law recently signed by the Lagos state governor Akinwumi Ambode that makes passing Yoruba language at Secondary School Leaving Examinations a requirement for admission into any of the tertiary institutions owned by the Lagos State. We call for its immediate abrogation as it is discriminatory and a violation of the fundamental rights of residents of Lagos state who are not Yoruba.