Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
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11 April 2016
.On Wednesday, April 6, the University of Lagos students led by the students’ union leaders started a crucial peaceful protest to decry the management’s obvious nonchalance and uncaring attitude towards the precarious and terrible living conditions on campus.
The protest lasted 3 days with the authorities announcing closure of the campus on Friday April 8. Students were given just a few hours to pack up and leave. When students insisted they were not leaving, heavily armed police were brought in to effect the closure and throw students out of their hostels.
6 April 2016
Aregbesola government should educate young people; not jail them
The attention of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Osun State Chapter, has been drawn to the reopening of the four secondary schools in Ile-Ife, which were previously shut down by the Osun State government over students' protest. We in the DSM however reject all stringent conditions the government attached to the reopening of the affected schools such as payment of reparation fees and continued detention and expulsion of students who were reported to have participated in the protest.
12 January 2016
Despite a background of Student leaders taking to the airwaves in an attempt to create bandwagon of applause for the 2016 budgetary allocation for the education sector, the allocation still remains lower than that of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. These previous budgets were not also proportionate to the needs of the sector in those years, none of them exceeded 11 percent of the budget, against the 26 percent bench-mark recommendation of the United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for developing countries. For a recommendation that, reportedly, countries like Ivory Coast and Senegal have met and gone beyond, it is most appalling that the most populated country, the biggest economy and the largest exporter of crude-oil in Africa is still yet to meet it.
28 December 2015
"With this APC administration, if we are not careful, all of the gains of the 2013 ASUU struggle may go down the drain" – ASUU leader
In mid-December the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) and the Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU), University of Abuja chapter, jointly organized a successful public symposium in Abuja. Its main theme was “Buhari Regime: A new dawn for the education sector?” alongside a sub-theme centering on “Building an Independent, Virile and Democratic Students Union: Issues and Challenges”. A lively discussion on these issues drew conclusions on both how to end the rot in education and start to rebuild a vibrant, non-corrupt student movement.
17 December 2015
a United Mass Action by Workers in Ogun State
The Socialist Party of Nigeria, Ogun state chapter, strongly condemns the refusal of Gov Ibikunle Amosun to pay lecturers of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), 16 months' salary arrears, something which has forced the branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the university to embark on indefinite strike action, which took effects from December 9, 2015. SPN demands the immediate payment of all unpaid salaries to the striking lecturers and other categories of workers being owed without delay.
15 December 2015
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Osun State Chapter condemns in absolute terms the mass retrenchment of staff of state-owned tertiary institutions in Osun State. We call for the immediate reversal of this retrenchment by the Rauf Aregbesola-led Osun State government and end to all anti-worker policy of the government. We also call for an end to the ruinous policy of merger or restructuring of tertiary institutions in the state. We call on staff unions of the tertiary institutions , communities, students' movement and the labour movement in the state to mobilize their members for mass actions to reject the retrenchment and the merger policy.
11 December 2015
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) wishes to condemn in strong terms the undemocratic decision of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) authorities to close down the University and proscribe the Students Union. For us, proscription of the Students Union at the slightest hint of students’ protest or demand for improved condition is a relic of those better-forgotten days of military dictatorship and jackboot absolutism, which must not be allowed in any democratic society. We hereby demand immediate reopening of the University, restoration of Students Union activities and the meeting of the demands of students for improved welfare conditions which led to the protest in the first place.
18 November 2015
Collective Mass Resistance is needed
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) Osun State Chapter condemns in absolute terms the planned merger of polytechnics in Iree and Esa-Oke and Colleges of Education in Ilesa and Ila by the Aregbesola government. This policy, if allowed to stand, will see thousands of young people denied access to functional tertiary education; lead to full scale commercialization of education and increase of fees; lead to mass retrenchment of academic and non-academic staff; destroy means of livelihood of communities and collapse the already sick education sector in Osun State. We find this latest onslaught on education a reflection of the retrogressive character of the Aregbesola government.
6 November 2015
Lanre Akinola and Rasheedat Adeshina get certificates after 16 years' victimisation
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) welcomes the release of the withheld certificates of the duo of Lanre Akinola, a member of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), and Rasheedat Adesina by the authorities of the University of Ilorin after 16 years of prolonged legal and political battle for justice. Their degree certificates were withheld as far back as 1999 and 2001 as punishment for their involvement in students’ unionism and struggle to end military rule.
4 October 2015
• Government should pay all outstanding salaries, deductions and pensions of workers
• Aregbesola should Stop Bullying the Press
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Osun State, bemoans the failure of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led Osun State government to accede to the genuine demands of the academic staff unions of four state-owned polytechnics and colleges of education in Osun State. This obstinate decision of the Aregbesola government to avoid addressing the welfare demands of lecturers in these four institutions has led to their closure for over three months.