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Socialist Democracy August September 2017


17 July 2017

BUHARI/OSINBAJO GOVERNMENT: Two Years of Broken Promises

By H.T. Soweto

Socially, economically and politically, Nigeria is faring worse than two years ago. Every segment of the polity reeks of crises and instability. Responsible for this calamitous state of affairs is no other factor than the neo-liberal capitalist policies of the Buhari/Osinbajo APC administration as much as that of previous administrations. Apologists of the status quo a.k.a Buharists will not like this but truth, as they say, is concrete. Strikingly, according to Sahara Reporters, a twitter poll conducted by the ruling party via its handle showed 54% rating the government poor!

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17 July 2017

MINIMUIM WAGE: Strategy to Fight, Win and Force the Implementation

For a mass workers' political party to wrest political power from the capitalist vampires

By Abbey Trotsky

If the 2011 minimum wage amendment Act is anything to go by, the N18, 000 minimum wage signed into law on the 25th of March, 2011 by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government should have been renegotiated since 2015. This is apart from the fact that the current minimum wage has been eroded by high inflation and devaluation of naira, without taking into account that some workers have never received the 2011 minimum. Unfortunately it is a whole two years after the Act was due for renegotiation that the various leaderships of the trade union movement are making demands for a review and even while doing this, they have not demonstrated any seriousness to fight in a manner that can win a higher minimum wage.

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17 July 2017

ERGP: No Illusion in another Pro-Capitalist Agenda

By Peluola Adewale

To address the current economic crisis, one of the worst in the history of Nigeria, Buhari/Osinbajo government launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) in February 2017. The plan which covers a period between 2017 and 2020 has been presented by the government and many bourgeois economists to the masses as the magic wand to resolve the monumental economic problem of Nigeria. The working people should refuse to be cajoled into reposing any hope in the plan. The ERGP will no doubt suffer the same futile fate as its forebears e.g. NEEDS of Obasanjo, 7 Point Agenda of Yar'Adua and Transformation Agenda of Jonathan.

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17 July 2017

4 YEARS AFTER PRIVATISATION, ELECTRICITY SUPPLY HAS GONE WORSE AMIDST EXTORTION OF CONSUMERS

For Renationalisation of Electricity under Democratic Management and Control

By Chinedu Bosah

Almost 4 years into privatization of the power sector, electricity supply across the federation remains epileptic and the private power companies have shown lack of capacity to stabilize the sector let alone improve it. Besides, all other anti-consumers policies have been unleashed by the private companies.

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17 July 2017

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA: A Ticking Time-Bomb

By Wole Olubanji Protem Coordinator, Youth Rights Campaign (YRC)

According to official statistics, and the latest data released by the nation's Bureau of Statistics, over 28 million Nigerians are currently unemployed or underemployed. But what is more worrisome is that a large number of this unemployed population are young people between the age of 15 and 35 years. With social tension taking on terrifying forms, such large numbers of young people creates the possibility of imminent social implosion unless the justifiable anger is given a positive direction. There is therefore the need for ending the crisis of unemployment to be put into correct socialist perspectives, which offers long lasting solutions of economic expansion and job creation.

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17 July 2017

OTODO GBAME: Ambode/APC Government Renders Thousand Homeless on Behalf of Rich Property Tycoons

By Chidinma Ibeh, DSM, Ajegunle

The unfortunate and brutal invasion of the poor waterfront slum community of Otodo Gbame in Lekki by the Lagos state government has once again brought to light the plight of the poor against an insensitive government. It will be recalled that some few years ago it was the rural community of Idasho in Ibeju lekki where citizens were forcefully evicted from their homes and displaced of their means livelihood in order to satisfy the interest of Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest capitalist, in his acquisition of large parcels of land for the building of a private refinery.

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17 July 2017

DANGOTE GOT HIS WEALTH FROM EXPLOITATION OF WORKERS LIKE ME - SAYS IBRAHIM ABUBAKAR, FORMER EMPLOYEE AT DANGOTE CEMENT PLC.

Ibrahim Abubakar was a truck officer with Dangote Cement PLC until about 5 months ago. On the morning of 4 February 2017, Abubakar and 800 other truck officers were sacked in breach of their contracts. Since then, they have organized themselves in the Forum of Dangote Cement Truck Officers and have been campaigning politically and in the courts to get justice. In this interview with Socialist Democracy (SD), the sacked worker who is the leader of the Forum bares his mind on their travails as well as the ruthless exploitation that forms the basis of capitalist accumulation.

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17 July 2017

DOCK WORKERS FIGHT FOR THEIR 10 YEARS UNPAID WAGES; TAKE ENL TO COURT

By Fidel Davinovich, DSM Ajegunle

Dockworkers employed by ENL Consortium Limited, operators of terminal C and D have been on protest since March 2016 over unpaid time related wages between 2008 and 2016 as agreed collectively by the industry. ENL is one of the terminal operators after the port was privatized in 2006 and since then implemented ruthless anti-labour practices.

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17 July 2017

6 WEEKS AFTER, SIX STUDENTS OF LAGOS STATE MODEL COLLEGE CONTINUE TO LANGUISH IN KIDNAPPERS' DEN

ERC Demands their Immediate Rescue

Calls for policies to address the social roots of kidnapping and other crimes

By Nurudeen Omomeewa, ERC, Lagos State Coordinator

On 25 May 2017six secondary school students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla-Epe, were kidnapped from their dormitories. As we go to press, there is no news of their release despite repeated assurances from the Lagos state government and the police. The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) Lagos State Chapter vehemently condemns the kidnap of the six students. We sympathize with the families and relatives of the victims. Their sorrow at this trying period can only be imagined. We join them to demand an immediate rescue of the six kidnapped students.

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17 July 2017

BIAFRA 50 YEARS AFTER: Socialists and the Struggle for Self-Determination

HOLD THE FAILED SYSTEM AND ITS OPERATIVES RESPONSIBLE

By Chinedu Agbebire

After 50 years of civil war which consumed nothing less than 3 million lives and properties worth billions of naira, the agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra has resumed with much vigor and echo. This campaign with its consequent tension was heightened on June 7, 2017 following the quit notice issued by 16 Northern Youth Coalitions to the Igbos resident in the North to vacate Northern Nigeria on or before October 1, 2017. Apparently the quit notice is a response to the activities of the pro-Biafran groups in recent times and most especially the sit-at-home order of 30 May 2017 in commemoration of 50th Biafra anniversary which was widely observed in the Eastern part of the country.

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