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Poverty is a Far Greater Killer than Insecurity

We are all concerned about the rising tide of insecurity, arising from increased poverty and inequality. But poverty itself is a far greater, but silent killer, that does not hit the headlines. Increased poverty is leading to greater hunger that weakens the body, especially of the elderly and very young. This in turn increases the death rate....

Crime, Criminality and The State of ...

By Biodun Olamosu      The issue of insecurity is one of the major problems confronting working people and has been a focus of attention of intellectual discourse today more than ever before. There is a consensus on this issue that lives are not safe as more people get killed by various means, other than...

Falana writes AGF, demands end to human rights violations in Okuama

In a letter addressed to Lateef Fagbemi, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN has called for an immediate end to what he describes as “egregious violations” of the human rights of innocent members of the Okuama community in Delta State. Falana highlighted several incidents of...

We Can Make a Difference IF We Make Our Voices Heard

We live in frightening times. Inflation is now well over 30%. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the cost of a healthy diet is now almost N30,000 a month for a single person, just for food (without preparation or transport to market costs).  The government is tripling the price of electricity and threatening to unilaterally impose...

FELA: MUSICAL ICON AND PAN-AFRICANIST

By Biodun Olamosu The singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti will forever be remembered as an unrepentant crusader for social justice. He was a musical legend whose his fame traversed the length and breadth of the globe. His influence on Nigerian and African youths can only be compared with that of his hero, Kwame Nkrumah, the first...

Student Loans – a Cruel Hoax in Place of Proper Funding of Tertiary Education

The Student Loans Act marks yet another embarrassing policy reversal by the Tinubu Government. The revised act, currently in National Assembly, removes some of the glaring faults of the original Act. However, the fundamental problems of student loans remain. They discriminate against poorer students, require huge bureaucratic costs and encourage corruption. The students loan...

Workers in Chad Show Fight Against an Increase in the Price of Fuel and Other Issues

There was a widely supported general strike in Chad that lasted for a month from 20th February, 2024. This was over the military government increasing the price of fuel by 40% in the middle of February and the coming to an end of the three year social pact between some trade unions and the government without many...

NLC Holds Successful Protests in Almost All States (and FCT) – forward to resolute action on its 17 demands

The NLC held successful street protests in 35 states and in the FCT. The only state where protests were not held on the 27th of February was Borno State. We have collected pictures of the NLC protests in each state, see:https://socialistlabour.com.ng/2024/03/02/nlc-holds-successful-protests-in-almost-every-state/ Following the protests the NLC made some excellent demands including:• An immediate removal...

NLC HOLDS SUCCESSFUL PROTESTS IN ALMOST EVERY STATE

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), its member unions and others organised massive protests across the country on Tuesday, 27th February, 2024. The rallies were to protest against “the excruciating hardship that millions of ordinary Nigerians, especially workers, are facing”.The trade unions have yet again shown their ability to organise huge simultaneous protests in almost all state capitals....

Governments Have Plenty of Money to Pay for a Decent Minimum Wage and our Other Demands

The Accountant General of the Federation managed to claim at the end of January that the “limited nature of government revenue” meant the Federal Government could no longer afford to pay the monthly allowance of N35,000 promised to Federal workers. She was lying. In reality, the state and Federal governments have more money than they know what...

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