The Corona virus is turning the world upside down. The response from the corrupt elite is for a lockdown until the virus goes away. But government has no plan to develop and distribute vaccines or contact a country like Cuba for help. Yet we do not know when the crisis would end.  Who can survive at staying home without a means of livelihood and access to water, food and drugs, indefinitely?

 

The priorities for the poor majority remain the same – how to obtain food, water and housing for their families and friends.  We also need electricity and data to stay in touch with our friends, families and colleagues.  We need mass testing and tracing of contacts to contain the virus and free healthcare for all with protective equipment for all health workers.

Action is required in the following areas:

  • All households, residential institutions and the homeless must be provided access to safe drinking water, either through public pipe borne water or water tankers, public or private, at government expense.
  • All households, residential institutions and the homeless must be provided with washing and sanitation facilities and safe waste disposal arrangements.
  • There must be no water disconnections for non-payment of water rates, at least for the period of lockdowns.
  • There must be no electricity disconnections for non-payment of bills, at least for the period of lockdowns.
  • Water and electricity must be provided free at government expense, at least for the periods of the lockdowns.
  • All households, residential institutions and the homeless must have access to adequate food.
  • All public hospitals and other health facilities must be directed to provide free medical care for all.
  • Arrangements should be made with private health providers to attend to the sick in their homes and localities where such people cannot reach public hospitals, and at government expense.
  • New public hospitals should be built and existing health facilities upgraded.
  • Immediate stoppage of commercialisation and privatisation of services in public hospitals.
  • Essential private facilities must be taken over and organised for public use to provide a unified and fair distribution of essential goods, medical care and other services to all communities, and at government expense.
  • The homeless should be provided accommodation in empty houses, event centres, and at government expense.
  • Minimum income security for all, particularly for the unemployed and students. Direct cash transfers into bank accounts rather than cash distribution should be undertaken.
  • There must be no stoppage of payment of salaries for workers or pensioners.
  • Loan arrangement without interest should be provided for the self-employed and small scale businesses to retain their employees.
  • Self-isolation in the homes should be discouraged to prevent tension and violence in our homes. Public isolation and quarantine facilities should be provided.
  • Communication must be free, open and democratised.
  • Free online learning arrangements must be planned and commenced whilst eliminating unequal access to such services.
  • Funds dedicated to fight Covid-19 must be transparently spent and monitored by mass organisations, trade unions, professional bodies and community associations.
  • The crisis should not be used by the government to privatise the refineries or any area of the economy.
  • Cancellation or suspension of repayment and servicing of government debts.
  • Arrangement should be made to allow courts to hear bail applications and other urgent matters by Skype or Zoom.
  • Self-organisation and local action is critical, as is our representation in national coordination.
  • Involvement of representatives of workers, media and other organised groups in committees set up to manage the crisis.
  • The National Assembly should reconvene to pass appropriate laws to give legal effects to Covid-19 focussed and dictated measures.
  • We must prevent a nationalist, authoritarian and security-focused approach in containing the virus.

 

We need the power of the NLC/TUC to push the Government to adopt this Action Program. That will ensure that the poor majority of Nigerians do not suffer so much from a disease that was brought here by the corrupt elite flying in from London, Paris, New York and other places.

This Action Programme appended above is being supported by the following organisations and individuals:

  1. African Action Congress (AAC)
  2. African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)
  3. Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN)
  4. All Workers Convergence (AWC)
  5. Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE)
  6. Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), Oyo State Chapter
  7. Ambassadors of Change Nigeria (ACN)
  8. Asoro Centre for Development and Citizenship
  9. Automobile, Boatyards, Transport Equipment and Allied Senior Staff Association (AUTOBATE)
  10. Center for Awareness Reorientation and Empowerment (CARE), Africa
  11. Centre for Human Rights and Social Advancement (CEFSAN)
  12. Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
  13. Centre for Labour Studies
  14. Centre for Peace Across Borders (CePAB)
  15. Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Bayelsa State Chapter
  16. Civil Rights Council (CRC).
  17. Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)/ Transparency International in Nigeria
  18. Civil Society Network Against Corruption.
  19. Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union COEASU , Federal College of Education, FCE (Special), Oyo.
  20. Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR)
  21. Development and Female Gender Initiative (DEGENDER)
  22. Equity International Initiative.
  23. Federation of Informal Workers Organisation of Nigeria (FIWON)
  24. Femi Falana, SAN
  25. Freedom Charter Campaign (FCC).
  26. Global Relief and Empowerment Initiative, Akwa Ibom State
  27. Grassroots Health Organisation
  28. Green Peoples Environmental Network (GREPNET)
  29. HipCity Innovation Centre (HipCity Hub)
  30. Human and Environmental Development Agenda(HEDA) Resource Centre.
  31. Human Rights Agenda Network
  32. Human Rights Defenders Organisation of Nigeria.
  33. Initiative for Grassroot Advancement in Nigeria INGRA
  34. Iva Valley Books, Abuja.
  35. Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) Oyo State Chapter.
  36. Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER)
  37. Kogi NGO Network, KONGONET
  38. Lawyers in Defence of Democracy
  39. Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP)
  40. Marxist League for Workers Internationalism (MLWI)
  41. More Action Less Talk (M.A.L.T.)
  42. Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MEHUN), Oyo State Chapter
  43. Movement for Justice, Benin
  44. National Conscience Party (NCP)
  45. National Union of Agricultural and Allied Employees (NUAAE) Oyo State Chapter.
  46. Neighbourhood Environment Watch Foundation
  47. Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA)
  48. Nigeria Labour Congress
  49. Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State Chapter
  50. Nigerian Human Rights Community (NHRC)
  51. Nigeria Partners for Electoral Reform
  52. Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Oyo State Chapter
  53. Peace Point Development Foundation (PPDF)
  54. Pegasus-Zion Community and Environmental Health
  55. Peoples' Alternative Front (PAF)
  56. Praxis Centre
  57. Jibrin Ibrahim
  58. Radio Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) Oyo State Chapter
  59. Say No Campaign
  60. Social Accountability & Environmental Sustainability Initiative
  61. Social Rights and Leadership Forum (SRLF)
  62. Social Security Network, Imo State
  63. Socialist Congress of Nigeria (SCON)
  64. Socialist Workers and Youth League (SWL)
  65. Socio Economic Research and Development Centre (SERDEC)
  66. Socio Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP)
  67. Take Back Nigeria
  68. The Liberated Minds, Uniben
  69. The Movement Against Unemployment and Destitution (MUD)
  70. Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, (TUC) Oyo State Chapter
  71. Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC)
  72. Tubali Development Initiative
  73. United Action for Democracy (UAD), Kano
  74. Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC)
  75. Working People and Youth Alliance (WPYA)
  76. YES Project Initiative

The Facebook page link of this Action Program is www.facebook.com/groups/2142169272594866/

More details about the campaign are available from the following:

Comrade Femi Aborisade – 0802 302 6222 (Ibadan)

Comrade Atambi Ade - 0703 102 8125 (Abuja)