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Socialist Democracy June-July 2015


24 June 2015

ELECTRICITY PRIVATISATION HAS FAILED

For Return of Power Sector to Public Ownership under Democratic Control

WHY NEPA/PHCN WAS INEFFICIENT

On October 25, 2010, electricity workers and activists under the auspices of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Joint Action Front (JAF) embarked on protest march from Yaba to Marina in Lagos to mobilise mass opposition to the then planned privatization of the PHCN. The public was asked to reject the power privatization as it would mean converting the public resources into private profit with monumental exploitation without meaningful improvement in power supply. The message was considered a bad product by a large section of masses.

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24 June 2015

DEEPENING CRISIS IN THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT:

Need To Rebuild the Movement as a Fighting and United Platform for the Working Masses

By Chinedu Bosah

The rival May Day rallies this year were an illustration that, for the first time in decades, the trade union movement is formally split. Many workers wanting a united Labour response to the country's deepening crisis would have been dismayed by a split that seemed to be motived by rivalries between different labour leaders. There is no doubt that labour movement faces a serious situation. Despite the country's crisis there has been no unified national action since the January 2012 mass protests and general strike, and the labour leaders did not lead, but followed that movement which began spontaneously from below. Although individual unions like ASUU waged struggles there was no generalized fight-back.

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24 June 2015

Worsening Electricity Supply Sparks Protest In Many Communities

By Chinedu Bosah

The worsening of electricity supply and monumental exploitation of consumers since the privatization of the power sector has triggered protests in many communities in the last 4 months across the country especially in Lagos. In May the electricity generation went down to an all-time low of 1300MW for a population of over 170 million people. Despite government investment of over $20 billion since 1999, the privatization of the power sector at rock-bottom price of about N530 billion with no liability, and the continuous bailout of the private companies, electricity supply is worse than pre-privatisation period with many communities across the country thrown into darkness for most of the time.

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24 June 2015

BOKO HARAM: Can Moving Military Command Center to Maiduguri End the Insurgency?

By H.T. Soweto

At his inauguration on May 29, President Buhari declared to an expectant Nation that he would move the military command to Maiduguri and it shall remain there until Boko Haram is "completely subdued". This is because "victory cannot be achieved by basing the command and control centre in Abuja".

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24 June 2015

PERENNIAL FUEL SHORTAGES:

Need for Public Ownership of Oil Industry

PROFITING FROM ARTIFICIAL SCARCITY

For weeks in April and May 2015, a drought of fuel has hit Nigeria, ironically Africa's top economy and largest crude oil producer. Queues have returned to petrol stations. Transport costs are rising. Where fuel is available, it goes for as much as N150 per litre and double of this price on the black market. This scarcity on top of a 50% crash of crude oil price on the world market and the consequential financial crisis it has set off illustrates just how unsustainable is Nigeria's lack of control of its oil assets much of which is in the hands of foreign and local multinational oil companies and marketers.

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16 May 2015

UNPAID SALARIES: TIME FOR A COORDINATED MASS WORKERS FIGHTBACK

NLC and TUC Must Declare a 24-Hour Warning National Strike as the Next Step

We of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) call on the national leadership of the two trade union centres, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) (of both the two factions) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), to immediately call a one-day warning nationwide strike action with mass protests over the gale of unpaid salaries of workers across the country. This should be the next step in the struggle over the issue which has already broken out in a number of states.

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24 June 2015

A RADICAL PROGRAMME TO TACKLE THE CRISIS IN THE OIL SECTOR

The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) urgently proposes the following steps as emergency measures to tackle the crisis in the oil sector, restore products availability, reverse pump price to official price, clean up the oil industry and take the oil wealth from oil cartels and crooks and return it to the Nigerian people it rightly belongs to:

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10 June 2015

Osun State Finances and Non-Payment of Salaries:

Aregbesola Government Excuses Are Ridiculous and Untenable

The attention of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Osun State Chapter has been drawn to a statement credited to the governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, as reported by the Punch and Guardian newspapers, during the inauguration of the new State Assembly that the reason the government wickedly denied workers their salaries for months is because of increases made to workers' salaries since 2012. This is an attempt to shift the blame on non-payment of workers' salaries onto workers themselves. We in the SPN reject this hypocritical excuse of the government.

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29 May 2015

Buhari Government: Working People Must Prepare to Struggle for improvement and Real Change

Corruption is rooted in capitalism

Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) Statement

Today May 29, 2015 is historic in Nigeria being the first time an elected opposition takes over the mantle of government. The high expectation among the large layers of the populace from the new government of Muhammadu Buhari is palpable. Many people could not wait to see the back of Goodluck Jonathan government who proved to be a monumental failure, something that was excruciatingly manifested with an unprecedented total shutdown of the country in the last weeks of his outgoing government.

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