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
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.
30 November 2017
On 7th October, 2017, the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) indefinitely suspended four student activists including Omole Ibukun, National Secretary of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) – a platform formed by the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) to campaign against education underfunding, fee hikes and attacks on the democratic rights of students and workers.
23 November 2017
Nationwide Mass Protests Needed To Force An Increase In The Budgetary Allocation To Education
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) strongly condemns the proposal of President Buhari-led Federal Executive Council to allocate a paltry 7.04% of the 2018 budget to the education sector. We hereby demand an upward review of the budgetary allocation to education up to 26% as recommended by UNESCO, democratic management of schools as well as the honouring of all agreements reached with unions in the education sector.
21 November 2017
• Calls for an Independent Panel of Inquiry into the Allegations and Processes Leading to the Dismissals
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) condemns the recent politically-motivated dismissal of the Chairman of the Lagos State University (LASU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Isaac Akinloye Oyewumi and his vice, Dr. Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu.
20 November 2017
• All police officers involved in the criminal acts must be brought to justice
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC), Oyo state chapter, strongly condemns the recent police repression and brutalization of innocent students and staff of the Federal College of Agriculture, (FCA) and Institute for Agricultural Research and Training, (IAR&T), Moor Plantation Ibadan. ERC also demands the immediate and unconditional release of students and workers arrested in connection with a legitimate protest.
7 November 2017
• Several Students Injured as Management Unleashes Reign of Terror to Enforce Proscription of the Union
• Appeals to FG to call the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ogunmodede, to Order
• Demands Restoration of Independent Unionism and Recall of all Victimized Student Activists
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) calls on the Prof. Eyitope Ogunmodede-led management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile- Ife to immediately rescind its recent decision to proscribe the Students’ Union in the interest of peace and progress of the university.