The section was first founded in 1986 at a conference of labour and student socialist activists, although due to the military dictatorship at the time, the DSM as an open organisation was only launched in July 1998.
The basic unit of DSM is the local branch. The highest policy making body is the National Congress which meets annually. The next in rank is a National Committee comprising representatives of branches and which meets at least three times a year. A National Executive Committee, elected by the National Congress, directs the day-to-day work of the organisation.
During the first 13 years of the section's existence they were heavily involved in fighting against the dictatorship in Nigeria at that time. Since then they have continued to fight for full democratic rights, but also for the rights of workers. This campaigning has led to the arrest several times of leading DSM activists.More recently, the DSM played a leading role in the general... Read More