Friday, 16 March 2018


ERC Demands immediate Rescue of the 110 Dapchi girls as well as all people abducted by Boko Haram militants
 Press Statement

The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) condemns the abduction of 110 school girls by the Boko-Haram terrorist group at the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State on February 19, 2018.

The ERC demands the immediate rescue of these young schoolgirls safe and unharmed. We also demand the rescue of the remaining 113 Chibok girls as well as several other persons including young school boys and women in Boko Haram Militants captivity. Apart from the Dapchi girls, several mass abductions of both girls and boys have occurred in the North East since 2009 with little or no media coverage. Infact in 2014, 58 male students of Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State were slaughtered in cold blood by the Boko Haram militants for receiving “Western education”.
For us in the ERC, all lives matter. This is why we demand that alongside the Dapchi and Chibok girls, all other victims of mass abduction must be rescued and reunited with their families. Just as it has been done in the case of Chibok and now Dapchi, we demand a list of all people who are missing or abducted by Boko Haram in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states and a coordinated effort by security agencies to rescue them within the shortest possible time.
As far as we are concerned, the Dapchi abduction is one that should not have happened. We hereby demand a public probe comprising representatives of the labour movement, communities in the North East and civil society to probe the Safe School Initiative launched by former President Jonathan and former UK prime minister and of UN envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown in the aftermath of the Chibok mass abduction in 2014. This initiative which attracted donor funding worth millions of dollars was meant, among other things, to provide security and fortifications for schools in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno in order to prevent a repeat of the Chibok mass abductions. We need such a public probe to determine just how much security and fortification the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi had and whether or not the huge funds donated to the Safe schools initiative are not being stolen just as we have seen with the misappropriation of funds meant for Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
Approximately four years after the Chibok Schoolgirl abduction, without bringing the perpetrators to justice, without recovering all the girls, and with huge sum of money paid as ransom to the terrorists, it is a total shame that the Nigerian Government still cannot secure the lives of Nigerians including young school girls and boys.
A central responsibility and cardinal objective of government is protection of lives and property. The government cannot declare any victory over the Boko haram insurgency when this cardinal objective continue to remain elusive. No matter how many times Boko haram is declared defeated, the only way citizens will only begin to feel any sense of relief if they can feel safe and secured to pursue their daily bread without threat of being killed by a suicide bomb or their children abducted from schools.
We consider this kidnapping as not just a setback for girl-child education but for education generally. It must agitate the minds of Nigerians that these girls are probably going through dehumanizing rape, sold off as sex slaves, going through forced marriages, violent assaults or different forms of emotional, psychological, sexual or physical abuse in the hands of these terrorists. We recommend a financial compensation by the government to support these grieving parents and a total health rehabilitation for these girls upon their recovery from the terrorists.
To make up for the setback that Boko Haram attacks and mass abductions has inflicted on girl-child education, the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) demand increase in the funding of the education sector, rapid expansion of education facilities in the North East and all parts of the country, adequate protection for school infrastructures, students, teachers and other education workers and a total reversal of commercialization and all anti-poor education policies. Without improving funding to education and halting all anti-poor education policies, the Buhari government will be helping Boko Haram to complete its campaign against formal education in general and girl-child education in particular.
As far as we are concerned, Nigeria has enough resources to provide free, functional and democratically managed public education at all levels. The only problem is capitalism which means the much of Nigeria’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few. The only way to tackle this in order to ensure that resources are freed to provide free education is to place the key sectors of Nigeria’s economy under public democratic control and management alongside with a socialist plan.

Hassan Taiwo Soweto 
National Coordinator (07033697259) 

Ibukun Omole
National Secretary

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


*The leadership of Workers and Students unions must insist on a conducive working and learning condition before the commencement of exams!
**No to victimisation of any worker or student in the college for the democratic role played in the course of the struggle!!


The Education Rights Campaign (ERC), Moor plantation branch, welcomes the entire students and workers in the Federal College of Agriculture, FCA, Ibadan back on campus for a full commencement of both the academic and administrative activities which were unnecessarily disrupted in the college for over three months.

It must be recalled that the arbitrary disruption of both the academic and administrative activities in the college was authored Dr Babajide Adelekan, the provost of the college, on August 20, 2017 when he shut down the college in fear of the planed students’ protest against poor learning and living condition on campus. It was this arbitrary and unilateral closure of the college that fueled the indefinite industrial action embarked upon by the entire workers unions in the college under a joint platform dubbed Joint Action committee, JAC.

The level of steadfastness and determination exhibited by mass of students and the leadership of the students’ union in the college are quite commendable, so also are members and leadership of the three workers unions in the college. But beyond this commendation is also a need to appreciate and salute the understanding of mass of workers in the college for their decision to eventually suspend the over 6months industrial deadlock mainly in the interest of mass of poor and innocent students.

However, while the academic and administrative activities in the college have fully resumed since February 26, 2018, the poor condition of working and living of both workers and students that formed the background for the industrial crisis that lingered for over 6months is yet to be resolved. Electricity supplies both in the hostel, workers offices including laboratory continue to be epileptic as ever. There has not been adequate supply of water in halls of residence and offices. Provision of items like identity cards, log books, lab and farm coats which students were forced to pay for are yet to be given to them while many course are yet to be accredited in the college.

It is in the consideration of this deplorable condition under which both the academic and administrative activities have commenced in the college that ERC calls on both students and workers unions in the college to insist on a conducive atmosphere of learning and working before the school examination scheduled for the first week in April commences. ERC suggest that a meeting of the leadership of workers and students with the college administration will be necessary in this regard for an adequate presentation of both the demands of students and workers in the college.

However, ERC equally urges both the leadership of students and workers union not to lose sight in calling a prior and independent congress of their respective unions so as to have a full compilation of all areas of needs of workers and students towards an elaborate presentation before the college administration.

Again, it has also come to our notice in ERC that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture had recently issued query letters to the leadership of the three staff  unions in the college for carrying out and defending  the democratic and collective decision of their members throughout the course of the over 6month industrial deadlock in the college.  ERC condemns the action of the ministry and demands immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the said query letters. Such query letter is undemocratic and unwarranted as it capable to plunge the college to another round of avoidable industrial crisis.

Another industrial dispute in the college at this material point in time will no doubt be inimical and detrimental to mass of students in the college. It is with a view to avert this that ERC calls on the leadership of the Students’ Union to officially communicate with the necessary officers in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture with a view to demand an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the queries so as to allow the fragile peace that just returned in the college to endure.  

To Join ERC and participate in its activities contact the following numbers: 09057090894; 07037415636; 08033914091

Caleb o Caleb
Branch Secretary

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


 *No fewer than 16 Students signed to join the Organisation

By Caleb O Caleb

A public symposium was organized by members of Education Rights Campaign, ERC, on Thursday, February, 22 2018 at Federal College of Agriculture, FCA, Moore plantation, Ibadan. This symposium which was used to publicly launch both the ERC and Democratic Socialist movement in the mooreplantation community was attended by no fewer than 72 persons which including students from both FCA and Federal College of Animal health and production technology. Also among the participants are members of staff from the three institutions within the Moore Plantation and activists from outside the campus.

Speakers who participated in this symposium which has as its theme: the crisis in education sector-the causes and way forward and sub-theme: the lingering industrial deadlock in FCAIb: what is the way forward? include comrade Oluwafemi Oladeinde; the chairman, NASU, IAR&T branch; Comrade Abbey Trotsky, the State secretary of DSM and Coordinator of campaign for Democratic and workers’ Rights, CDWR; Comrade Adeniran Morenike, the convener Joint Action Committee of workers Unions in FCAIb and Comrade Babajide Olaoluwa, the President, student union, FCAIB.

Comrade Adeniran who introduced the discussion has the focus of her presentation centre around the industrial deadlock in FCAIB and the way forward. Various causes of the lingering crisis in the college were clearly highlighted. Therefore, submitted on suggestion as to how some of the damages caused by the crisis can redeem. Notably among the measures mentioned in this regard include: proper channeling of communication, taking responsibility revolution; avoiding rumors and to be focused. Following this was the presentation by the SU-FCAIB president, who in his introduction gave a general overview of the crisis that led to the closure of the school for months. 

According to Comrade Olaolu, the crisis started on the 22nd of august 2017 when the student union held a congress during which it was resolved that a student peaceful protest must be organized against the continuous failure to give students some items like practical coats, identity cards, which student have actually paid for.  Other welfare and academic related issues like poor electricity supply, water supply and non -accreditation of some courses within the college are among the basis for the protest. Olalu lamented against the response of the administration of the college that arbitrarily shut down the college even before student ever embarked on the protest itself.

 This kind of attitude was described as autocratic mode of leadership in the college and was identified among other factors like lack of communication between the management, students and members of staff were mentioned as the major cause of the crisis in the college. He therefore submitted while recommended that federal ministry of Agriculture must give a priority to regular monitoring of the activities in the college.

Comrade Oluwafemi Jokanola, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnic, ASUP, FCAIB branch while given his solidarity speech commended members of DSM and ERC for organizing the symposium which he opined was timely and serves as an opportunity for both students and members of staffs to come together and discuss with a view for them to know their rights as stakeholders in the educational sector. He also expressed his sympathy to the FCA students who were the major victims of the lingering industrial crisis in the college and therefore advised that students should always seek to know their right, He submitted while insisting that except student know their rights they will find it difficult to know what to stand for in the course of their political struggle.

The discussion was further enriched by the presentation of Comrade Oladeinde, the Chairman IAR&t chapter who spoke on the topic crisis in the educational sector:  causes and way forward. He cited underfunding of the education sector, poor resource management, corruption, non implementation of agreement by management team, politicization of the education sector and unstable staffing system as the major crisis bedeviling the educational sector of Nigeria. He therefore recommended in his submission adequate funding of the education sector, admission of students into tertiary institution based on merit, proper governance of colleges, training and retraining of staffs and collective bargains as some of the way to overcome some of the identified crisis in the education sector. 


Abbey Trotsky in his presentation was able to establish the fact that the ongoing crisis in FCAIB is a classic example of the crisis bedeviling education sector in the country. He simplifies the cause of the crisis in the education sector to that of government underfunding syndrome and corruption in the educational institutions. He gave highlights of  how successive government at all level across the country including the Buhari/APC-led federal government  has failed to comply with the UNESCO recommendation which says that no developing nation like Nigeria must vote less than 26% of yearly budgetary allocation on education.

He also lamented against corruption in education sector which he explained was the reason the the little resources often made available to administration of many institution in education sector have failed to translate to an improvement in both the learning and working condition of both the staff and students. Therefore, he recommended, a democratic management and control of the education sector by a committee of the elected representative of students and members of staff as the only way the prevailing corruption in the education sector can be curbed.

He however, noted that not until when capitalism system of exploitation that often encourage corruption in education sector itself is defeated and replaced with socialism which is a system of running the society in the interest of majority against the profit interest of the few, the question of running education institution by the elected representative of the student and workers will continue to be impossible. It in the light of this, he encourage participants especially students to join ERC and DSM towards building a forces for revolution which is an inevitable stage to enthrone socialist order in the society. A brief highlight of the historical success recorded by DSM in registering a Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) was also mentioned while making his submission.

The highpoint of the symposium was when the floor was opened for comments and contributions. Among those who contributed was a Comrade Ojo, a parent and member of CDWR from the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, CRIN, Ibadan. She expressed her displeasure over the state of things in the college of animal health and production technology: the exuberant fee being paid by students and yet nothing to show for it. She therefore encouraged the Students Union not to compromise its historical responsibility to always stand and defend both the economic and political right of student in the institutions. This was buttressed by Comrade Daniel, a supporter of ERC who also charged the incoming Union executive to be ideological and to put the interest of the students’ populace above their personal interest.

Other persons who contributed to the discussion include Olasumbo, female student and Kehinde Olumide.  They both encouraged members of the ERC not to relent on the struggle for a better society. The decision to form SPN was equally commended but also charged the leadership to ensure that such a party is encouraged to be built on campus.

The programme was brought to end following a vote of thanks and solidarity songs led by comrade Caleb, the Secretary of the ERC Moore Plantation branch. At the end of the symposium, 16 persons who signed to join the ERC/DSM participated in short meeting organized to review the programme itself.


ERC Calls on the Striking Unions to Escalate the Strike By Embarking on Nationwide Mass Protests and Demonstrations

 Press Statement

The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) puts the blame for the lingering strike of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) at the feet of the President Muhammadu Buhari anti-poor capitalist APC government.

Since the strike started in December 2017, the federal government has largely ignored the unions. In fact, the President Buhari government has been insensitive to the demands of the striking unions and the plight of students who have been subjected to terrible living and studying conditions as a result of the stoppage of essential services like water and electricity supply to classrooms, libraries, laboratories, offices and hostels as well as waste disposal due to the strike action.

We in the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) strongly condemn the federal government refusal to resolve the issues surrounding the demands of the striking unions. We believe that every worker has the right to his or her wages and associated allowances and the demand for earned allowances by the unions is for the services rendered to the institutions and by extension Nigeria at large.

We hereby demand the immediate meeting of the demands of the striking unions which include payment of backlog of earned allowances that the government has been owing the striking workers for several years now.

The ERC stands with SSANU, NASU and NAAT in their struggle. For far too long, successive anti-poor governments have treated non-academic workers with disdain.  However, this is not to mean that academic workers are treated any better. Meanwhile, without non-academic workers, no university or any institution can function. We therefore urge SSANU, NASU and NAAT to escalate the strike by organizing nationwide mass protests and demonstrations. This is essential to build public support for the strike and pile pressure on the government.

As the strike actions in the university linger, students are faced with many challenges on campus. The withdrawal of services by the unions translates to shut down of electricity, water and many other essential services provided by the non-teaching staff. At the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) for instance, students had to write their examinations in a sorry state with no electricity to read in the hostels and many other unbearable circumstances. Many had to depend for weeks on water scooped from surrounding streams. This was aside the mountain of refuse that piled up on every inch of the campus as a result of the withdrawal of service by workers who carry out these functions in compliance with the strike.

At the University of Lagos (UNILAG) the welfare conditions are getting worse. Students hardly cook in their hostels as electricity and ordinary water are out of reach of students. Most of the classrooms and laboratories are under lock and key. Learning for students has never been this bad and yet the government of the day is yet to attend to the burning issues. Many other campuses in the country face similar issues and we in the ERC feels this is the right time we students takes position on what benefit our future.

Given the terrible sanitary conditions on the campus as s a result of the strike, an epidemic outbreak at some point cannot be ruled out. We therefore urge parents and the public to hold the Federal government responsible if any mishap should happen to students in public universities affected by the strike including ill health, outbreak of cholera and other diseases arising from the terrible conditions students in public universities are now subjected.

We call on the Students Union body on all campuses to join in the campaign in calling on the President Buhari APC government to immediately meet the demands of the SSANU, NASU and NAAT as well as improve funding of the education sector so that the striking workers can return to work and restore essential services without which no university can truly function. It is obvious no doubt that this government current budget to education is a mere 7% of the total budget, an indication that this capitalist government does not care on improving our education.

We call on all education workers, both teaching and non-teaching, students and parents to initiate a joint struggle for better funding and democratic management of education in the country where workers remunerations will be taken seriously, adequate facilities for quality education provided, as well as improved students welfare conditions across all campuses.

Hassan Taiwo Soweto                                                         Ibukun Omole                      
National Coordinator (07033697259)                                National Secretary