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