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Boko Haram: African Trade Unions Bemoan Insecurity

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 8:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Trade union congresses in Africa under the auspices of International Trade Union Confederation, African Region (ITUC Africa) have decried the level of insecurity in the continent, urging political leaders in Africa to be more proactive in addressing the issue.

At the opening of a two-day meeting of ITUC Africa, in Abuja, on Monday, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, said insurgency has taken a global dimension and required collective approach to deal with it.

The meeting which had delegates from about 35 African countries saw various trade union leaders from the continent sharing ideas on ongoing campaigns on Tax Justice issues, security and safety at the workplace in relation to growing violence from terrorism and civil conflicts, as well as Migration.

Wabba said, “It is true that insurgency has assumed a very dangerous dimension, especially in Africa and particularly in West Africa and East Africa region. And a lot of workers have been affected. In Nigeria we have lost teachers and health workers and therefore we are supposed to take interest.

“First, the political will to respond to the issue effectively when the issue of Boko Haram started was not there. So also, the military at that point were not strengthened because they need to have the capacity to respond effectively.