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
26 May 2017
Comrade Dagga Tolar (Segun Ajayi) has won re-election as Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Lagos State. Another three positions were won by candidates of the Teachers Light Mind (TLM) – the electoral platform upon which Dagga and other radical union activists contested. These are the positions of Deputy Chairman, Treasurer and First Examiner of account.
24 May 2017
DSM CALLS ON AFFECTED FARMERS TO CONTINUE STRUGGLE UNTIL VICTORY
THREAT TO STRIP OVER 100,000 PEASANTS OF THEIR SOURCE OF LIVELIHOOD
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) Northern Nigeria Chapter strongly condemns the attempt to strip over 100,000 peasants/small scale farmers of their source of livelihood by a Chinese company, known as Lee Group, with connivance of the Jigawa state government. According to a report published in the Daily Trust on 20 May, 2017, the State Government has completed a deal to transfer 12,000 hectares of land to this Chinese company to establish sugarcane plantations against the will of the affected communities.
22 May 2017
A Warning to the Working Class
The recent claim by Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to the effect that he has received information that "some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons", given the unfolding power struggle around President Muhammadu Buhari's ill-health, holds a sinister meaning. In the context of a heightening power struggle within the capitalist ruling elite over how and who replaces President Buhari in the event his illness does not permit him to complete his tenure or re-contest for second term by 2019, could the military intervene again?
21 May 2017
Workers Angry Over Economic Hardship
Demand a New National Minimum Wage
This year's May Day was held amidst seething anger by workers who are among the hardest hit by the worst economic crisis in years. Many had come to May Day rallies with hope that they would go home with sweet news on a new minimum wage but left disappointed. The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress had formally demanded a new minimum wage of N56, 000 before last year's May Day. Also the United Labour Congress (ULC) is demanding N96, 000. Sadly, almost a year later, apart from occasional hot air, the labour leadership has not demonstrated any iota of seriousness to fight for this demand. Hence the anger at some rallies. Here are reports from different May Day rallies across the country.
16 May 2017
Mass struggle underway in Awodi-Ora Community of Ajegunle, Lagos, against Crazy Bills and exploitation by EKEDC
An ongoing campaign against electricity exploitation and extortion by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) initiated by Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Ajegunle, on 5 April, 2017 has won wide support and generated mass struggle including mass meetings, community-wide agitations and a protest march.
8 May 2017
Labour leadership under pressure to match workers’ anger with bold actions
Prepare for 24 general strike and mass protest over unpaid salary/pension and for increase in Minimum wage without retrenchment
The anger and revolt of workers across May Day centres on 1st May 2017 are dire warnings to the capitalist ruling elite and particularly the Buhari/APC government that the working masses will no longer accept their excuses for the impoverishment, joblessness and destitution which has been the hallmark of the administration since it came to power two years ago.
7 May 2017
Growing popular anger and the tasks of socialists
The beginning of April 1 saw over 60 comrades and sympathizers gather in Lagos for a National Committee meeting of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) that discussed the Nigerian, and world, situations and how to build resistance to austerity and support for the ideas of socialism. Amongst the political and organizational issues discussed were the seemingly intractable socio-economic crisis in Nigeria and world relations and economy. Dagga Tolar opened the discussion on Nigeria situation while Comrade Sophie Simcox from the Committee for a Workers International (CWI) gave the introduction on international developments around the world.
5 May 2017
Case against INEC finally came up for hearing on Thursday at FHC
Adjourned till June 6 for INEC's response
On Thursday 4 May 2017, the Socialist Party of Nigeria's (SPN) legal case against the refusal of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)to register the party finally came up for hearing at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division. Originally the SPN filed the case in September 2014 to challenge INEC’s refusal to issue it a certificate of registration after fulfilling all the lawful requirements for registration as a political party.
1 May 2017
For a One-Day General Strike and Mass Protest to Demand Payment of Backlog of Salaries and Pension and N56, 000 Wage!
The Labour Movement Must Unite to Defend the Socio-Economic and Political Interest of Workers and the Poor
This year's May Day is taking place at a period when the working masses and poor are suffering due to the harsh economic conditions engendered by the global crisis of capitalism and the anti-poor neo-liberal policies of past and present governments at all levels. Rising and high cost of living, mass sack and joblessness, unpaid salaries of workers and pensioners, poor wage, lack of basic infrastructure, looting of public funds have all worsened the plight of the working masses.
18 April 2017
8:00 am on Thursday 6 April, 2017 saw over one hundred students from different tertiary institutions led by SAVE UNILAG COALITION stage a united protest at the Special Offenses Mobile Court inside Lagos State Task Force Building located at Bolade, Oshodi, Lagos state to demand the release of Adeyeye Femi and 12 other students’ protesters who were brought before the court on that day for continuation of trial on false charges.