Sunday, 13 November 2016


*NLC and TUC must be united towards a struggle to resist any attempt to slash salaries and pensions in the state
*For   political office holders of the same salary and allowances as civil servant as well as an end to a dubious contact system through which political office holders and their allies siphon public money

The attention of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) Oyo state chapter has been drawn to a media report that the APC-led government in the state claimed to have slashed the salaries of political appointees by 50%.  SPN sees the purported 50% slash in salaries of political appointees, which was reportedly disclosed by the Secretary to the state government, Mr Olalekan Ali during a press conference held on the 7th November, 2016, as a mere deceit and gimmick to build a public sympathy towards a bid to revive the age long plan of the Senator Ajimobi-led government to slash the salaries and pensions of civil servants and retirees in the state.

The basic salaries of political office holders and appointees are small if compared to all forms of jumbo allowances they receive. Some of these allowances are for vehicles, entertainment, security, utility, newspapers, medical, clothing, feeding etc. and they often range from 100% to 300% of their basic salaries. All these allowances taken by political appointees just as the governor and members of house of assembly take security votes and constituency allowance respectively are so outrageous such that their opulent lifestyle will not be affected even with the so called 50% slash in their salary.

If the Ajimobi-led Oyo state government is truly interested in any serious measure to shore up the dwindling revenue base, it should rather place all its political office holders and appointee on the same salary and allowances scale as that of mass of civil servants in the state. He must at the same time scrap security vote, abolish the corrupt contract system while invest money liberated from this measure in social and public infrastructure through a public work programme under democratic control of workers. This is very important because inflation of contracts has been one of the ways through which politicians and big business siphon public money under contract system.  

Except this kind of measure is taken no amount of percentage slash of salary of either political appointees or political office holder will translate into any improvement in the living and working condition of the working people in the state. Instead the 50% slash in salary of political appointee may sooner or later turns out to be a weapon in the hands of the pro-capitalist Ajimobi-led government in the state to start canvassing for a slash in the meagre salary and allowance of civil servants in the state.

Therefore we call on the civil servants in the state particularly the leadership of the major trade union centres in the state NLC, TUC including the JNC not to be induced by the called 50% slash in the salary of political appointee to agree or accept any slash in the salary of civil servants in the state. Instead, they must be united toward initiating a renewed struggle against non-payment of backlogs of salaries and pensions and other attacks on living and working condition under which the civil servants in the state groan.   

    Abiodun Bamigboye (Abbey Trotsky)
Secretary, SPN, Oyo State Chapter

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

OYO School Violence: Arrest and Detention of Secondary School Students

* Oyo state government should not create more monsters  *For a democratically constituted panel of enquiry to investigate and prescribe an appropriate corrective disciplinary measure for any student found culpable 

                                                                      Press Statement

The Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN Oyo State Chapter calls on the Oyo State government to exercise a great caution over the arrest, arraignment in court and subsequent detention of the secondary schools students who allegedly set classrooms on fire at Isale-Oyo Community High School, Oyo town. The affected students allegedly committed the offence during the students’ unrest to protest against the government new promotion policy which led to mass failure of students in the unified examination conducted by the Oyo State ministry of education. This is very important to avoid creating more monsters among secondary schools across the state.
To be cleared, SPN condemns destruction of properties in course of any protest and is not averse to any disciplinary measure against students that are allegedly involved in the dastardly act of burning down classrooms among others. However, it is our concern that such disciplinary measure, which we agree is necessary to serve as a deterrent to others, must have as its focus first and foremost on the need to correct and rehabilitate these students in order to safeguard the future of the state.

Unfortunate, considering the sorry state of police detentions/ custodies and prisons across the country today, we are left with no option than to be worried that the arrest of these students with ages between 12 and 15 and their subsequent arraignment in court which has resulted into continuous detention of some of them at police custody could make them vulnerable to the influence of hardened criminals. Should this happen, it will automatically mean a defeat of the corrective and rehabilitative purpose which should be the central motive for carrying out any disciplinary measure against any students that are culprit of these dastardly acts.
If care is not taken, the arrest and continuous detention of many of these students could create an avenue for them to establish a link with many of the hardened criminals who are often harboured and kept in many police custodies/detentions and prisons across the country. Thus, it may deepen the economically induced potential in these students to take into crime in the nearest future.

Given the huge prospect for future negative implications and consequences inherent in the arrest and continuous detention of these students, SPN is quick to call on the senator Ajimobi/APC-led government in the state to consider the option to review its stance over their prosecution and order for the immediate release of the detained secondary school students with a view to set up a democratic panel of inquiry that will have as members representatives of trade unions ( NLC, TUC , NUT, ASUU, ASUP, NASU, SSANU etc); associations like PTA, NBA, pro-working people civil society organisation as well as government functionaries.

The task of this panel will be first and foremost to investigate the original cause and perpetrators of the dastardly act. This will be with a view to arrive at a consensus as to the kind of disciplinary measure that will be appropriate enough to kick the process to end the growing indiscipline, criminal tendencies and widespread abuse of drug among secondary school students in the state.

More importantly, there is the need for the state government to review its rigid stance on the newly formulated promotion policy which obviously failed to take cognizance of the poor state the public education as a result of gross underfunding and the circumstance under which the examination itself was written. As a matter of fact, we of SPN believe that, it is unfair and immoral for Senator Ajimobi-led government in the state to continue to insist on a new promotion policy which stipulates among other things that only students who score 50% in five major subjects including English and Mathematics will transit to the next class. This is because the same Senator Ajimobi-led government like its predecessors has performed poorly even below 10% in term of adequate funding of education which is the root cause of most of the crisis bedeviling education sector in the state. Besides, the students had a few weeks of lecture because of long closure by the state government such that they could not adequately prepare for the promotional examinations.

SPN therefore maintains that if the Ajimobi-led Oyo state government is truly serious about academic excellence, then it must allocate adequate resources that will ensure provision of facilities and motivated teaching staff for quality public education. This is what can help begin to reverse the sorry state of public education in the state.

The SPN also calls on the workers unions in education sector in the state particularly NUT, ASUU, ASUP, COEASU; NASU, SSANU, ANCORPS etc including PTA to immediately convene and organize a conference of stakeholders like teachers, principals, parents, pupils as well as pro-education civil society organizations to review the general situation in the public education including the controversy surrounding the new promotion policy.

This kind of conference could also provide an avenue to collate and harness the concerns and anger of every stakeholder in the education sector including that of the protesting secondary school students with a view to agree on non-violent and legitimate tactic and strategies to kick-start a save public education campaign in the state. The continuous absence of this kind of initiative no doubt created a state of hopelessness and frustration that had largely forced many victims of the attacks on public education particularly students to resort to different forms of unguided and premature self-help which had resulted into avoidable destruction of valuable properties.

Except the initiative of this kind of conference is undertaken, more and more examples of the kind of violent and destructive self-help which had led to destruction of classrooms in no fewer than 7 seven secondary in Oyo state is likely to continue to be seen in the coming period. The most unfortunate aspect of this kind of destructive action is that it will provide the state government justification to continue to carry out all forms of onslaughts and clamp down with little or no room for a collective resistance on the democratic rights of the victims of its failure and abdication of its responsibilities.
Abiodun Bamigboye (Abbey Trotsky)
Secretary, SPN, Oyo State Chapter

Monday, 7 November 2016



By Dimeji Macaulay
On Monday 31st of October, 2016 members of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) gathered at the Federal High Court 6 that was scheduled for hearing, habitually the court did not sit because the judge was attending a seminar. This is the twelfth adjournment between November 19, 2014 and December 5, 2016, which is the next adjourned date out of which the matter was mentioned only 4 times. Hence, we have been on this matter for over 2 years considering the fact that the matter was actually instituted in court on September 10, 2014. It is curious that the organizing secretary of the party, Comrade Macaulay visited the court on Friday October 28, 2016 to ascertain if the court will sit and the court officials told him that the case will be coming up. According to the court registrar, the judge informed him that he will be attending a seminar on the afternoon of Friday October 28, 2016. The annoying part of this is that the registrar informed all lawyers who have matters that same day and resides outside Abuja of this development and did not inform our lawyer who travelled all the way from Lagos and wasted time and money. As if the INEC knew of this development, it was not in any way represented at the court, not even its lawyer.   

This underscores the backwardness of the judicial system in Nigeria with its attendant consequences such that matters linger in court for a long time, the administrative work is inefficient and the whole processes are unnecessarily cumbersome. It is not only that the Nigeria judicial system depicts the fact that justice is mostly delayed and denied at the expense of the poor and underprivileged.    

Present in court were four National Executive Committee Members (NEC) of the party and are Comrade Dagga Tolar, Mikailu Tijani, Zira Nuhu and Sani Yankuso and five other comrades and members of the SPN. 

Usually, members of the party protest outside the court, whether the court sits or not. Hence, members and leaders of the party decided to continue the protest and decided to match to INEC headquarters in Abuja to express their grievances. As the protest march moved along central road of Maitama somewhere around unity fountain the police stationed there raced towards the protesters in their bullion van. They requested to know what is happing and they were briefed by Dagga who made the point that INEC deliberate refusal to register SPN despite meeting all legal requirements is the reason for the protest. They asked if the protesters have permission from police to embark on protest and Dagga replied that police permission is never required since protest is an inalienable democratic right.

After the argument went on for minutes the police officers had to call their Superior officers (Abiodun Alamatu and A.A Hassan) who came and appealed to us to end the protest. The protest was terminated after protesting the police undemocratic position.

One good aspect of the protest is that SPN members had marched for over thirty minutes on major roads in Abuja with many passerby reading our placards and banners. However, this is the first time a protest was carried out on the street of Abuja over INEC’s refusal to register SPN. Some of the inscription on the placards and the banner are: “protest continues until our certificate is issued to us; INEC’s agenda is to reserve politics solely for the rich; SPN has met all legal requirement, register it now!; INEC must respect the law etc.”  

The party has resolved to continue the protest and consolidate on the October 24 and 31, 2016 protests including all other forms of political actions.

The truth is that no matter how long the victory is near!

Sunday, 30 October 2016




We of the Ogun State Chapter of the Socialist Party of Nigeria expresses our solidarity with the ongoing strike action embarked upon by workers in the state under the aegis of the Ogun State Chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress. We view the strike action as long overdue in the face of the stubborn refusal of the Ibikunle Amosun’s All Progressives Congress’- led Ogun State Government to meet the demands of workers for the payment of salaries’ deductions among other entitlements owed by the government.

We salute labour leaders and workers for going ahead with the strike action despite the last minute face-saving efforts of the pro-government Traditional Council of the state.

However, we call on the labour leaders not restrict this strike to a sit-at-home action. Rather, they should organize a series of mass activities like peaceful protest rallies and symposiums including mass circulation of leaflet across the state in order to mobilise and sustain the support of the masses as well as rank and file workers for the strike. This is the best way that cannot only render the government incapable of using “divide and rule” tactics to defeat the strike but also compel it to meet the demands of workers.

We also call on the labour leaders to avoid abrupt termination of the strike, which was the case the last time, without the state government being made to commit itself to paying workers their owed salaries’ deductions.

We also call on the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to arise and meet the yearnings of their suffering workers across the states beleaguered with unpaid salaries by calling nationwide general strike and mass protests against the tragic situation. This is the best way to channel all the pockets of mass resistance breaking out in the states into a unified nationwide mass movement that could win serious gains.

We are quick to warn that the alternative is the situation where the pockets of state-wide strikes like the ongoing strike action in Ogun State would be isolated and derailed.

We hold that the struggle for payment of salaries’ deductions must be linked to the need for a genuine mass working people’s political movement. The failure of the Amosun regime confirms the dead-end that anti-worker parties like the All Progressives Congress which is not fundamentally different from the People’s Democratic Party and others (Social Democratic Party, Unity Party of Nigeria, etc) can only offer to the masses. This is why members of the Socialist Party of Nigeria are in struggle for registration to provide a striking example of a pro-working people party to the entire labour movement side by side with our campaign for a genuine mass working people’s political alternative. We call on the rank-and-file of workers, youth and the poor to join the Socialist Party of Nigeria.     

EKO JOHN NICHOLAS                                                                                                                State Secretary
SPN Ogun State
To JOIN the SPN in Ogun State: Contact 08022634850, 09097933015