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Press Statement: 4th JAF Congress Holds June 4 – 5, 2021 in Lagos

Press Statement: 4th JAF Congress Holds June 4 – 5, 2021 in Lagos

 

4th CONGRESS OF JOINT ACTION FRONT (JAF) Holds June 4 – 5, 2021



This is to bring to the attention of the working people of Nigeria and oppressed masses, our allies and  other collaborating groups  in popular struggle for the political and socio-economic transformation of Nigeria, that we have been involved  with since 2003 till date, that the Joint Action Front (JAF) will be holding its 4th Congress on June 4 and 5, 2021.


The 4th JAF Congress with the theme: The Necessity of an Alternative Political Agenda to Reconstruct Nigeria is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date:           FRIDAY, JUNE 4th 2021: Time: 09.30 – 17.30hr

SATURDAY, JUNE 5th 2021: Time: 10.00 – 18.00hr Prompt


Venue:    TEXTILE UNION LABOUR HOUSE, 10 Acme Road, off Agindingbi, Ogba-Ikeja


The Congress shall comprise Delegates from JAF affiliates, observers and invited guests.


The AGENDA of the Congress includes:


Keynote Speeches∷ Defining the Ideological Context of the Labour and Civil Society Coalition∷ Wither LASCO – NLC, TUC & ASUU?

(The leadership of the NLC, TUC & ASUU would be specifically invited to the Congress to state their positions)


THE POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE QUESTION: Defining JAF Position and its Program of Actions, and


Conduct of election


 PRE-CONVENTION PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES


i. SYMPOSIUM: Insecurity in Nigeria and the Deepening of Ethno-religious Conflicts: Finding Genuine Alternative to the Descent into Barbarism! – TUESDAY MAY 18, 2021


ii. Pre-Congress Affiliates’ Meeting: Saturday, MAY 22, 2021

We wish to restate that JAF remains committed to the struggle and defence of the class interest of the working people, oppressed poor masses, women, academics and professionals, students and youth, artisans, the unemployed and people living with disabilities and other categories of deprived Nigerians. 


Therefore, we urge Nigerians to embrace the STRUGGLE FOR SYSTEM CHANGE (Socialist transformation of Nigeria), which we have consistently explained that: “the Change we want will UNITE the vast majority of our people under a government that will organise the working people and oppressed poor to boost our productive capacities and will use the resources for sustainable economic and social advancement; thereby reversing our economic dependency and restoring our dignity as an independent country. The Government of the working people will take care of all Nigerians no matter where they come from, irrespective of their religion, or wherever they live, and their sex. It will care for all Nigerians that are being dehumanised by the rule of the looters and oppressors”.


Forward Ever, Backward Never!


Comrade ABIODUN AREMU

JAF Secretary


Joint Action Front (JAF)

10, Afolabi Lesi Street, Anthony-Ilupeju, Lagos

08035068524, 08033347962,

E-mail: [email protected], www.jointactionfront.blogspot.com

May 6th 2021.


 

4th CONGRESS OF JOINT ACTION FRONT (JAF) Holds June 4 – 5, 2021



This is to bring to the attention of the working people of Nigeria and oppressed masses, our allies and  other collaborating groups  in popular struggle for the political and socio-economic transformation of Nigeria, that we have been involved  with since 2003 till date, that the Joint Action Front (JAF) will be holding its 4th Congress on June 4 and 5, 2021.


The 4th JAF Congress with the theme: The Necessity of an Alternative Political Agenda to Reconstruct Nigeria is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date:           FRIDAY, JUNE 4th 2021: Time: 09.30 – 17.30hr

SATURDAY, JUNE 5th 2021: Time: 10.00 – 18.00hr Prompt


Venue:    TEXTILE UNION LABOUR HOUSE, 10 Acme Road, off Agindingbi, Ogba-Ikeja


The Congress shall comprise Delegates from JAF affiliates, observers and invited guests.


The AGENDA of the Congress includes:


Keynote Speeches∷ Defining the Ideological Context of the Labour and Civil Society Coalition∷ Wither LASCO – NLC, TUC & ASUU?

(The leadership of the NLC, TUC & ASUU would be specifically invited to the Congress to state their positions)


THE POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE QUESTION: Defining JAF Position and its Program of Actions, and


Conduct of election


 PRE-CONVENTION PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES


i. SYMPOSIUM: Insecurity in Nigeria and the Deepening of Ethno-religious Conflicts: Finding Genuine Alternative to the Descent into Barbarism! – TUESDAY MAY 18, 2021


ii. Pre-Congress Affiliates’ Meeting: Saturday, MAY 22, 2021

We wish to restate that JAF remains committed to the struggle and defence of the class interest of the working people, oppressed poor masses, women, academics and professionals, students and youth, artisans, the unemployed and people living with disabilities and other categories of deprived Nigerians. 


Therefore, we urge Nigerians to embrace the STRUGGLE FOR SYSTEM CHANGE (Socialist transformation of Nigeria), which we have consistently explained that: “the Change we want will UNITE the vast majority of our people under a government that will organise the working people and oppressed poor to boost our productive capacities and will use the resources for sustainable economic and social advancement; thereby reversing our economic dependency and restoring our dignity as an independent country. The Government of the working people will take care of all Nigerians no matter where they come from, irrespective of their religion, or wherever they live, and their sex. It will care for all Nigerians that are being dehumanised by the rule of the looters and oppressors”.


Forward Ever, Backward Never!


Comrade ABIODUN AREMU

JAF Secretary


Joint Action Front (JAF)

10, Afolabi Lesi Street, Anthony-Ilupeju, Lagos

08035068524, 08033347962,

E-mail: [email protected], www.jointactionfront.blogspot.com

May 6th 2021.


CORE: No to Fuel Price Hike; Down with the Oppressive Regime!

CORE: No to Fuel Price Hike; Down with the Oppressive Regime!


The Coalition For Revolution (CORE) has said NO the fuel price hike as newly introduced by the Buhari led regime.


Core in a press statement said the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari is simply testing the waters as PDP did a few times therefore, Nigerians must not accept any planned increase of fuel and added burden in our already overburdened lives.


According to CORE, just over six months ago, the regime increased petroleum products prices for three straight months rising from slightly over N121 naira per liter in June to over N143 naira in July, and then N150 naira in August, only to be increased once again to N162 naira in September.


Also, electricity tariffs have been increased by over 150% threatening the fragile Nigerian manufacturing sector while the informal sector employing over 70% of the working population reels helplessly under the suffocating impacts of increased energy and production costs in a Covid pandemic period.


Read: the full statement below:


CORE Press Statement; 12/03/21


Earlier today, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulation Agency (PPPRA) announced a sharp increase of fuel pump price to N212.16. Within hours the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) restated that there would be no increase, at least for now, and the PPPRA withdrew its earlier announcement.


Thé Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime of APC is simply testing the waters as PDP did a few times. 


Let us be clear, we will not be deceived. 


We refuse to accept any planned increase of fuel and added burden in our already overburdened lives.


And we reject the anti-poor people regime, which has only made increased the people’s hardships.


Just over six months ago, the regime increased petroleum products prices for three straight months rising from slightly over N121 naira per liter in June to over N143 naira in July, and then N150 naira in August, only to be increased once again to N162 naira in September. 


At the same time electricity tariffs have been increased by over 150% threatening the fragile Nigerian manufacturing sector while the informal sector employing over 70% of the working population reels helplessly under the suffocating impacts of increased energy and production costs in a Covid pandemic period.


This trend of inhumane increments are not distinct acts. They are systemic and characteristic of the pro-rich people interests of those in power. 


The governments at federal and state levels have continually done all that they can to make the poor masses bear the brunt of a systemic crisis that is not our making. 


The Nigerian people have a history of stiff resistance to price increases, stretching back to 1988. 


This is because of the painful impact of such fuel price increases on every aspect of our lives. The prices of almost everything, from transportation to foodstuffs increase!


The Buhari-led regime more than any of the governments before it, has gotten away with increasing fuel price. This is because Organised Labour’s leadership has refused to lead a fightback. 


Enough is enough! This is one increase too many! 


It is time for the masses and all who support the people to put an end to the absurd situation of the petroleum economy in Nigeria.


It is the only OPEC country that imports refined petroleum - products because of the refusal to build refineries and fix the existing ones just so as to justify the privatization of these refineries. 


It is telling that non - oil producing countries like South Africa have functioning crude oil refineries to satisfy local demands. Yet privatization historically, since 1986, has been one grand fraud through which trillion - dollar public assets have been handed over to members of the ruling elites who strip them and render them moribund as has been the fate of over 300 ‘privatized’ firms since 1986.


We demand the immediate reversal of planned privatization of the refineries, immediate overhaul of existing refineries under close monitoring and full participation of working people and pro-working people experts such as Prof. Agbon Izilien, an oil industry expert who has been advocating for the necessity of Africa’s most populated country to be self - sufficient on petroleum products refining. 


This is the only way to guarantee local refining of petroleum products, stop importation, incessant price hikes, save much needed foreign exchange being wasted on importation of refined petro products, provide hundreds of thousands of quality jobs and help transform the local economies of communities and states in the Niger Delta.


This is a time for the poor masses and youth to unite and fight. We call on workers to demand their leaders organise a nationwide general strike against any planned fuel pump price hike and for radical pro-masses reform of the oil and gas sector.


The Coalition for Revolution (CORE) and members of its affiliates across the country will mobilise mass street protests, as it is now apparent this regime cannot safeguard our lives. 


It has instead, represented increased pauperisation of the poor. We must kick it out. 

#BuhariMustGo!. Indeed “Buhari must go” is not enough. We must fight now for revolutionary change, to remove the whole bunch of blood suckers ruling us.



*Baba Aye*

Co-convener 


*Gbenga Komolafe*

Co-convener


The Coalition For Revolution (CORE) has said NO the fuel price hike as newly introduced by the Buhari led regime.


Core in a press statement said the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari is simply testing the waters as PDP did a few times therefore, Nigerians must not accept any planned increase of fuel and added burden in our already overburdened lives.


According to CORE, just over six months ago, the regime increased petroleum products prices for three straight months rising from slightly over N121 naira per liter in June to over N143 naira in July, and then N150 naira in August, only to be increased once again to N162 naira in September.


Also, electricity tariffs have been increased by over 150% threatening the fragile Nigerian manufacturing sector while the informal sector employing over 70% of the working population reels helplessly under the suffocating impacts of increased energy and production costs in a Covid pandemic period.


Read: the full statement below:


CORE Press Statement; 12/03/21


Earlier today, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulation Agency (PPPRA) announced a sharp increase of fuel pump price to N212.16. Within hours the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) restated that there would be no increase, at least for now, and the PPPRA withdrew its earlier announcement.


Thé Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime of APC is simply testing the waters as PDP did a few times. 


Let us be clear, we will not be deceived. 


We refuse to accept any planned increase of fuel and added burden in our already overburdened lives.


And we reject the anti-poor people regime, which has only made increased the people’s hardships.


Just over six months ago, the regime increased petroleum products prices for three straight months rising from slightly over N121 naira per liter in June to over N143 naira in July, and then N150 naira in August, only to be increased once again to N162 naira in September. 


At the same time electricity tariffs have been increased by over 150% threatening the fragile Nigerian manufacturing sector while the informal sector employing over 70% of the working population reels helplessly under the suffocating impacts of increased energy and production costs in a Covid pandemic period.


This trend of inhumane increments are not distinct acts. They are systemic and characteristic of the pro-rich people interests of those in power. 


The governments at federal and state levels have continually done all that they can to make the poor masses bear the brunt of a systemic crisis that is not our making. 


The Nigerian people have a history of stiff resistance to price increases, stretching back to 1988. 


This is because of the painful impact of such fuel price increases on every aspect of our lives. The prices of almost everything, from transportation to foodstuffs increase!


The Buhari-led regime more than any of the governments before it, has gotten away with increasing fuel price. This is because Organised Labour’s leadership has refused to lead a fightback. 


Enough is enough! This is one increase too many! 


It is time for the masses and all who support the people to put an end to the absurd situation of the petroleum economy in Nigeria.


It is the only OPEC country that imports refined petroleum - products because of the refusal to build refineries and fix the existing ones just so as to justify the privatization of these refineries. 


It is telling that non - oil producing countries like South Africa have functioning crude oil refineries to satisfy local demands. Yet privatization historically, since 1986, has been one grand fraud through which trillion - dollar public assets have been handed over to members of the ruling elites who strip them and render them moribund as has been the fate of over 300 ‘privatized’ firms since 1986.


We demand the immediate reversal of planned privatization of the refineries, immediate overhaul of existing refineries under close monitoring and full participation of working people and pro-working people experts such as Prof. Agbon Izilien, an oil industry expert who has been advocating for the necessity of Africa’s most populated country to be self - sufficient on petroleum products refining. 


This is the only way to guarantee local refining of petroleum products, stop importation, incessant price hikes, save much needed foreign exchange being wasted on importation of refined petro products, provide hundreds of thousands of quality jobs and help transform the local economies of communities and states in the Niger Delta.


This is a time for the poor masses and youth to unite and fight. We call on workers to demand their leaders organise a nationwide general strike against any planned fuel pump price hike and for radical pro-masses reform of the oil and gas sector.


The Coalition for Revolution (CORE) and members of its affiliates across the country will mobilise mass street protests, as it is now apparent this regime cannot safeguard our lives. 


It has instead, represented increased pauperisation of the poor. We must kick it out. 

#BuhariMustGo!. Indeed “Buhari must go” is not enough. We must fight now for revolutionary change, to remove the whole bunch of blood suckers ruling us.



*Baba Aye*

Co-convener 


*Gbenga Komolafe*

Co-convener

Press Statement: CORE Stands Against Threats to the Life and Safety of Sowore

Press Statement: CORE Stands Against Threats to the Life and Safety of Sowore


PRESS STATEMENT: 


Coalition for Revolution CORE receives the report of death and re-incarceration threats against Omoyele Sowore with grave concern. Sowore is National Chair of the African Action Congress and a leader of CORE. In utter contempt of court rulings, the regime’s secret police kept him detained for almost five months last year. This was for his leading role in our launch of the RevolutionNow campaign, which a competent court of law has equally ruled as not only legitimate but also within our constitutional rights.


The Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) led regime has since then kept him restricted to Abuja under absurdly stringent bail conditions. This was after a show of shame where security personnel stormed the supposedly hallowed chambers of the court last December to re-arrest him after they were initially forced to release him.


Coming on the heels of the state’s draconian crackdown on poor Nigerians described as “looters” for reclaiming COVID-19 palliatives, and EndSARS protests promoters, this palpable threat is worrisome and must be confronted by all well-meaning persons and civic organisations, home and abroad. The government should rather be compelled to lift the extra-incarceration detention of Sowore which unjustly limits him to the federal capital territory.


The rash of repressive measures of the state against the people includes freezing of the bank accounts of twenty citizens, placing “no-fly” instructions to ban EndSARS promoters from travelling out of the country and seizing the passports of those like Ms Modupe Odele who attempted to fly. CORE activists like Olawale Mandate Bakare, who was also charged with Sowore has been chase around Osogbo by security forces as if he were a criminal. These make the news, muted as it still might be, of intentions to kill or rearrest Omoyele Sowore quite credible. 


To make things absolutely clear to the government, CORE will not tolerate any attack or trumped up charges being levelled against Comrade Sowore. We call on trade unions, professional associations and all other civil society organisations including human rights bodies nationally and globally to callout the regime and demand it desists from threats to the life and wellbeing of ‘Yele Sowore and every state sponsored attacks on activists forthwith. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener, CORE


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener, CORE

12/11/2020


PRESS STATEMENT: 


Coalition for Revolution CORE receives the report of death and re-incarceration threats against Omoyele Sowore with grave concern. Sowore is National Chair of the African Action Congress and a leader of CORE. In utter contempt of court rulings, the regime’s secret police kept him detained for almost five months last year. This was for his leading role in our launch of the RevolutionNow campaign, which a competent court of law has equally ruled as not only legitimate but also within our constitutional rights.


The Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) led regime has since then kept him restricted to Abuja under absurdly stringent bail conditions. This was after a show of shame where security personnel stormed the supposedly hallowed chambers of the court last December to re-arrest him after they were initially forced to release him.


Coming on the heels of the state’s draconian crackdown on poor Nigerians described as “looters” for reclaiming COVID-19 palliatives, and EndSARS protests promoters, this palpable threat is worrisome and must be confronted by all well-meaning persons and civic organisations, home and abroad. The government should rather be compelled to lift the extra-incarceration detention of Sowore which unjustly limits him to the federal capital territory.


The rash of repressive measures of the state against the people includes freezing of the bank accounts of twenty citizens, placing “no-fly” instructions to ban EndSARS promoters from travelling out of the country and seizing the passports of those like Ms Modupe Odele who attempted to fly. CORE activists like Olawale Mandate Bakare, who was also charged with Sowore has been chase around Osogbo by security forces as if he were a criminal. These make the news, muted as it still might be, of intentions to kill or rearrest Omoyele Sowore quite credible. 


To make things absolutely clear to the government, CORE will not tolerate any attack or trumped up charges being levelled against Comrade Sowore. We call on trade unions, professional associations and all other civil society organisations including human rights bodies nationally and globally to callout the regime and demand it desists from threats to the life and wellbeing of ‘Yele Sowore and every state sponsored attacks on activists forthwith. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener, CORE


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener, CORE

12/11/2020

CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike, Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest

CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike, Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest

 PRESS STATEMENT - 23/09/2020

*CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike*

*Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest*



Coalition for Revolution (CORE) welcomes the resolutions of the leadership organs of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to jointly organise a general strike and mass protests demanding reversal of the fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes, and an end to anti-poor people policies of the regime.


In unity and organisation lies the strength of working-class people. As the most organised bodies of workers, the role of trade unions in generalising resistance to the exploitation and oppression of the masses cannot be overemphasized. We thus hasten to stress that, much more important than considerations of increased “cost of doing business in Nigeria”, what is at stake as the NLC decision points out is that, the regime’s polices foster impoverishment of “the already impoverished masses”.


In line with the 22 September resolution of the NLC’s National Executive Council “to begin a mass mobilization of the Nigerian people, professional groups, religious organizations, market women, the informal sector and Congress civil society allies towards total compliance” with its general strike directive, CORE urges the trade unions to organise rallies and mass meetings over the next few days to build momentum for the strike. 


Further, we call on the trade unions to stand firm and not be wooed by partial reversals and sweet tonguing of the government. Rank and file workers have time and again expressed their disappointment at NLC & TUC’ for acceptance of tokenist reductions when much more could have been won. This time must be different.


CORE activists are working people and youth at the grassroots. We will be at the barricades with the trade unions, committed to uncompromised fightback. CORE stands for the full reversal of systemic impoverishment of the masses. This puts struggle for total liberation of the masses to effect system change on the order of the day. 


Every single battle, including for the reversal of fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes has to be viewed and pursued from this overarching perspective of the class war between a handful of exploiters on one hand and the exploited and marginalised masses, who constitute the immense majority of the population on the other. 


Thus, in line with the action plan of CORE for its #RevolutionNow campaign as adopted at its 18 July Plenary Session, the coalition is organising a nationwide and global protest on 1 October. After 60 years of flag independence, the struggle for total liberation must be pursued with all vigour.


The future awaits our stand today. As we dare to struggle, we dare to win. The people united can never be defeated. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener

 PRESS STATEMENT - 23/09/2020

*CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike*

*Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest*



Coalition for Revolution (CORE) welcomes the resolutions of the leadership organs of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to jointly organise a general strike and mass protests demanding reversal of the fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes, and an end to anti-poor people policies of the regime.


In unity and organisation lies the strength of working-class people. As the most organised bodies of workers, the role of trade unions in generalising resistance to the exploitation and oppression of the masses cannot be overemphasized. We thus hasten to stress that, much more important than considerations of increased “cost of doing business in Nigeria”, what is at stake as the NLC decision points out is that, the regime’s polices foster impoverishment of “the already impoverished masses”.


In line with the 22 September resolution of the NLC’s National Executive Council “to begin a mass mobilization of the Nigerian people, professional groups, religious organizations, market women, the informal sector and Congress civil society allies towards total compliance” with its general strike directive, CORE urges the trade unions to organise rallies and mass meetings over the next few days to build momentum for the strike. 


Further, we call on the trade unions to stand firm and not be wooed by partial reversals and sweet tonguing of the government. Rank and file workers have time and again expressed their disappointment at NLC & TUC’ for acceptance of tokenist reductions when much more could have been won. This time must be different.


CORE activists are working people and youth at the grassroots. We will be at the barricades with the trade unions, committed to uncompromised fightback. CORE stands for the full reversal of systemic impoverishment of the masses. This puts struggle for total liberation of the masses to effect system change on the order of the day. 


Every single battle, including for the reversal of fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes has to be viewed and pursued from this overarching perspective of the class war between a handful of exploiters on one hand and the exploited and marginalised masses, who constitute the immense majority of the population on the other. 


Thus, in line with the action plan of CORE for its #RevolutionNow campaign as adopted at its 18 July Plenary Session, the coalition is organising a nationwide and global protest on 1 October. After 60 years of flag independence, the struggle for total liberation must be pursued with all vigour.


The future awaits our stand today. As we dare to struggle, we dare to win. The people united can never be defeated. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener

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