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
16 August 2017
For an electoral body with elected representatives of political parties, social groups and working class organisations
The result of the recently conducted local council elections in Lagos is a not a surprise to anybody given the desperation of the ruling party using all organs of the state to win election. All Progressives Congress (APC) won all 57 Chairmanship seats, it also won 369 Councillorship seats while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord Party won 4 and 3 seats respectively.
14 August 2017
• CALLS ON THE BUHARI/OSINBAJO GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATLEY MEET THE DEMANDS
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has once again embarked on a total and indefinite nationwide strike. The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) fully backs this indefinite strike action and calls on government to immediately meet the demands in order to avoid a situation where students waste away at home for months.
13 August 2017
One of the cardinal campaign agenda points of the Buhari/APC is the fight against corruption. Indeed, Buhari was elected on the basis of his assumed integrity and anti-corruption credential. However, two years on, the anti-corruption war has unraveled with government unable to make any major headway, especially as regards retrieval of trillions of naira stolen from public coffer, jailing of public looters and stopping the hemorrhaging of the nation’s purse.
9 August 2017
No doubt, given the present parlous state of the country politically, socially and economically, it will be agreed by all that Nigeria needs an urgent restructuring. However, what we must understand is that restructuring itself is not a new idea in the history of Nigeria.
The reason for this state of affairs is because none of the restructuring carried out in the past endeavored to address the fundamental root of oppression, inequality, underdevelopment and marginalization which is the neo-colonial capitalist economic system handed down by Nigeria’s erstwhile Colonial masters.
9 August 2017
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Osun State, hereby condemns the statement widely credited to the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to the effect that the government he is leading does not owe workers and pensioners. We suspect that the statement is aimed at denying workers and retirees arrears of their salaries and pensions owed over twenty four months. Nothing exemplifies this more than the fact the governor was making the reported statement days after acknowledging the receipt of Paris Club refund to the tune of over N6.3 billion. One of the conditions for the release of the refund to states, according to the Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, is that state governments agreed that seventy percent of the refund would be used to offset arrears of salaries and pensions.
9 August 2017
People of Ajao Estate, Lagos, on Sunday 18 June, 2017 held a Town Hall meeting to deliberate the crazy billing issued to them by Ikeja Distribution Company, and for them to agitate for no disconnection in the Estate.
Groups and organizations which have helped organize people to peacefully resist disconnection and demand prepaid meters in other parts of Lagos were also invited. They were invited to share their experiences and thumb their solidarity for the efforts in Ajao Estate.
4 August 2017
The Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) hereby calls for an increase in the pay of N-Power volunteers as well as improvement in their working conditions. This should start with increasing the monthly allowance of the volunteers from the current N30, 000 and the regularization of their employment unlike the temporary and volunteering nature of the scheme.
2 August 2017
22 July unification congress unanimously approves unification document and incorporation of IR into CWI
The Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), the worldwide socialist organization which the Democratic Socialist Movement is part of, recently fused with Izquierda Revolucionaria (Revolutionary Left), an organization based in Spain, Mexico and Venezuela. The result is a big strengthening of the CWI’s presence in the Spanish speaking world.
20 July 2017
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) supports the demand and agitation for autonomy for local governments. We however warn that the autonomy will not automatically engender development at the grassroots level except it comes by putting into power a workers and poor people's government devoted to utilizing public resources to meet the needs of the mass majority. Otherwise if it is the same looters who are in power nationally and at the States that would run autonomous local governments, the result would be the same.
20 July 2017
By Rufus Olusesan, National Chairman,
Campaign For Democratic and Workers' Rights (CDWR)
"Every m an's life ends the same way. It's only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another"– Ernest Hemingway.