This article exposes the conditions of the workers at the farm owned by
Obasanjo, the ruler of Nigeria. Obasanjo is the "civilian" president of
Nigeria, who was in power in the past, but as a military dictator. He
is now in power as a so-called civilian.
A week-long general strike from 7th to 13th June 2000 took place in
Nigeria. It was in protest at the 50% increase in the price of fuel
announced by the government of President Obasanjo. The strike was
successful in forcing the government to drastically reduce the
announced increases. We publish an eyewitness report we received.
paid a sum of $12billion to the Paris Club, thus cancelling
its foreign debt. The fact that through the servicing of the debt,
Nigeria had already paid back more than it has borrowed is
conveniently skipped over. Those $12bn could have been used to
improve the miserable lives of most Nigerians.
been privatised, 92% of Nigerians are living on less than $2 per day,
the interest rate stands at 36%, the (official) inflation rate at
15%, millions are either unemployed or not gainfully employed, life
expectancy stands at 45 years, annual per capita GDP at $200 and
incredible sums of debt hang over the head of the poor. There is no
way out on the path of capitalism.
Here is a report on recent events in Nigeria. Five students were
killed by a cultist gang, that is a neo-fascist type organisation, at
Ife University. Our comrades were closely involved in the events and
some of them are lucky to be alive, as the gang were looking for some
of them. Luckily our comrades escaped.
"When I started work here 5 years ago I could see very clearly - now I
couldn’t see very well, thanks to WAPCO". These words, made by a WAPCO
worker give a clear indication of condition of work in this
"slave-camp". The working conditions are no better than most other
factories. It follows the all too familiar pattern in Nigeria - more
work, less pay.