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
27 May 2016
Strike successful in some states
By Peluola Adewale
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Ayuba Wabba called off on May 22 its indefinite strike action against hike in fuel price by Muhammadu Buhari government just after three days of action. This strike, which commenced on May 18, was the least successful of the 10 general strikes staged since the return to civil rule. This was also the first anti-fuel price hike strike that did not gain any concession in terms of price reduction. This setback has encouraged labour's enemies to go onto the offensive in criticizing the strike call, thereby hoping to prevent future such strike calls. Rejecting such attempts to neuter labour, activists need to learn from this experience in order to help ensure that future struggles are successful.
11 April 2016
LABOUR SHOULD URGENTLY NAME DATES FOR THE ACTION
THE LABOUR MOVEMENT MUST LEAD THE WORKING PEOPLE OUT OF THIS SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL QUAGMIRE
NIGERIANS NEED GENUINE SOCIALIST CHANGE
6 April 2016
Times are Harder; Working People and the poor are Suffering!
Nigeria has continued to be gripped – yet again – by acute fuel scarcity. The simultaneous collapse of the already scandalously poor public power supply system - leading in most parts of the country to near zero supply of electricity means that the energy crisis is hydra-headed. And the effect is telling hard on all - the urban and rural poor, the petty traders and artisans, the industrial workers, the professionals, the market men and women, the middle class etc.
3 December 2015
Buhari administration must end this protracted scarcity now!
We of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemn in strongest terms the protracted fuel scarcity once again ravaging different parts of the country. We place the blame of this agonizing situation on the shoulders of the Buhari-led Federal Government. It is a big blow to the image of a President who doubles as the Petroleum Minister that ordinary Nigerians cannot find and buy fuel.
18 May 2015
Profiting from artificial scarcity
For weeks now, 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 N130 per litre and double of this price on the black market. This less than two months after outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, just before the March 28 general elections that he lost, announced a reduction of fuel price to N87 from N97.
22 January 2015
NLC and TUC Should Name Appropriate Price and Begin Mass Mobilisation for its Actualisation
We of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) view the recent N10 reduction in the price of petrol from N97 per liter to N87 as cynical and tokenist. We support the positions of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress that the reduction does not reflect the fall in the price in the global oil market.
29 July 2012
PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL: SELLING OFF NIGERIA'S OIL WEALTH TO LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CAPITALIST HAWKS
Working class and socialist activists must build mass movement from below to defeat neo-liberal capitalist pill
By Ayo Ademiluyi
The anti-poor regime of Goodluck Jonathan has perfected a "new" Petroleum Industry Bill, which for all practical purposes is meant to hand over Nigeria's oil wealth to a few private individuals and oil multinationals. It would be recalled that the Bill originally surfaced under late Umar Musa Yar'adua regime and has gone through some "polishing" to meet the greed of local bourgeois investors and imperialist hawks seeking to suck up mega-profits from Nigeria's oil wealth, while only being expected to make unspecified payments to the Nigerian government periodically.
7 February 2012
Interview granted at a recent international meeting of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) by Segun Sango, the General Secretary of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), on the recent general strike against fuel price hike. In the interview, Sango articulates a genuine socialist and revolutionary programme and strategy which the working masses must embrace and uphold in the quest to achieve permanent living standards and true democratic rightsInterview: Nigerian General Strike from Mel Gregson on Vimeo.
17 January 2012
We Condemn Repression by Police and Army!
By Peluola Adewale
Monday, January 16, saw the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress call off the general strike which had paralyzed activities in Nigeria for one week. The whole country had come to a halt in anger at the surprise New Year Day's fuel price hike, the government was completely isolated during the strike's duration. If Labour had offered a clear lead this struggle could not only have forced back the price hike but also laid the basis for a complete transformation of the country. Now there is the danger that this result will lead to a temporary disappointment with the results of mass Labour struggle.
17 January 2012
Struggle forces Jonathan back a bit, but could have won far more with a more resolute leadership
By Peluola Adewale
The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress have called off the strike which paralyzed activities in the country during the last one week. The whole country had come to a halt in anger at the fuel price hike, the government was completely isolated during the strike's duration. If Labour had offered a clear lead this struggle could not only have forced back the price hike but also laid the basis for a complete transformation of the country. Now there is the danger that this result will lead to a temporary disappointment with the results of mass Labour struggle.