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Socialist Democracy June-July 2018


8 June 2018

3 YEARS OF BUHARI/OSINBAJO APC GOVERNMENT: Which Way Nigeria?

(Extract of the resolutions reached at 22nd DSM Congress held on 14 -15 April, 2018)

Perhaps more than any written texts could have done, the events of the past three years in Nigeria have in immeasurable ways confirmed the teachings of Marxism. In 2015, driven by anger over the 16-year misrule of the PDP, the working masses and youth pitched their tent with the so-called progressive wing of the capitalist class represented by the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC). Partly this reflected a turn towards the ballot box after the January 2012 mass protest and general strike, despite being the ninth and most far-reaching general strike since 1999, had not removed the Jonathan presidency.

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8 June 2018

MINIMUM WAGE

By Peluola Adewale

President Muhammad Buhari's Government has created an impression that it is willing to increase the minimum wage. But it is clear that, just as Jonathan did in 2011, the main reason for this seeming disposition is 2019 general elections. A tripartite committee of government, labour and private sector employers has been set up though many months after it was first promised or mooted. The committee has held public hearing on minimum wage across the country and the result has been an overwhelming support for higher minimum wage by workers. Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress have presented a joint a demand of N66,500 minimum wage while United Labour Congress demanded N96,000. The government has not yet put forward their own offer.

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8 June 2018

OYO COUNCIL POLL: A Show of Shame and Staged-Managed Electoral Fraud

LEADING CAPITALIST PARTIES AND POLITICAL REASON FOR THE BOYCOTT

By Abbey Trotsky

On the 12th May, 2018, the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, OYSIEC conducted elections into 33 local government areas, LGA, and 35 local council development areas, LCDA, in the state. According to the result of this election declared by OYSIEC the All Progressive Congress, APC, that rules the state, won all the chairmanship positions in the 33 LGA, 35 LCDA and councillorship positions in all the 610 wards in which the election was conducted across the state.

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8 June 2018

AREGBESOLA GOVERNMENT'S 8-YEAR ADMINISTRATION IN OSUN STATE: A Short Review

By Kola Ibrahim

By November 26, 2018, the two terms totalling 8 years of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will come to an end. In preparation for this, gubernatorial election is to hold, according to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on September 22, 2018. Various candidates in political parties, including major bourgeois political parties (APC, PDP, etc.) are already jostling to succeed Aregbesola. However, the need to draw the balance sheet of the Aregbesola government becomes very important, in view of the legacies (economic, social and political) it will be leaving behind. Moreover, it will help to evaluate the various political parties, candidates and their programmes.

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8 June 2018

LABOUR STRUGGLES - HEALTH WORKERS ON STRIKE

By Chinedu Bosah

Health workers in Nigeria except doctors have embarked on strike since April 17, 2018 over improvement of welfare and working conditions but the capitalist APC-led Buhari government just like the previous government is never committed to quality and free healthcare delivery for all.

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8 June 2018

THE FAILURE OF VISIONSCAPE AND PSP:

By Chinedu Bosah

The Lagos State Government has contracted Visionscape Sanitation Solutions to manage refuse disposal of residential houses and others thereby sacking the Private Sector Participation (PSP) Operators. Refuse management has gone from bad to worse with the resumption of Visionscape as many places and junctions are littered with huge refuse. The whole deal between the Ambode-led Lagos State Government and Visionscape has been shrouded in secrecy.

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8 June 2018

2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS AND THE SEARCH FOR A GENUINE POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE

By H.T. Soweto

At the moment, all genuine change-seeking elements agree that unless a viable political alternative is presented, any faction of the decadent capitalist ruling elite that wins the 2019 presidential elections will spell further doom for the already traumatized working and toiling masses. This is predicated on the experience of the brutal 16-year rule of the PDP as well as the traumatizing and, for many, deeply disappointing three year rule of the Buhari/Osibanjo APC administration.

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8 June 2018

GAZA PROTEST MASSACRE: For Mass Struggle to Lift the Siege!

By Secretariat of Socialist Struggle Movement (CWI in Israel/Palestine)

While in Jerusalem a messianic inauguration ceremony was held at American embassy, in the Gaza Strip the day of the embassy's transfer was the deadliest day since the war in 2014. The Netanyahu government, hand-in-hand with a despicable incitement campaign, sent an army to drown in blood the mass protest of residents who are suppressed under the brutal siege imposed on them for over a decade.

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8 June 2018

2018 BUDGET DEEPENS UNDERFUNDING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

WHAT THE BUDGET MEANS

By Wole Olabanji, ERC National Mobilisation Officer

The National Assembly has passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill on Wednesday, 16th May 2018. The budget failed to take into cognizance the problems of fee hikes, accommodation crisis and moribund teaching facilities that are bedeviling public-owned education institutions and students. When the President submitted the 2018 Appropriation Bill in November 2017, a meagre N605.8 billion was earmarked for the funding of the education sector i.e. the totality of our primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. The allocation made to the education sector by the executive branch of the federal government amounted to 7.04% of the total budget. This was a far cry from the recommendation of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that developing country like Nigeria should fund their budget with at least 26% of their annual budget.

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8 June 2018

DAGGA TOLAR DISCUSSES MINIMUM WAGE, MAY DAY

Between May 1 and May 8, 2018, Dagga Tolar, the Branch Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Acting General Secretary of Democratic Socialist Movement, was the Personality of the Week on the social media platform of the Lagos State Wing of NUT. He fielded questions from tens of teachers on many issues including minimum wage, relevance of May Day and socialist alternative. The constraint of space means that we cannot publish the entire chat. Below is an excerpt from the interaction.

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