Africa Trade Unions have been urged to key into the process of development by focusing on the current issues which the International Labour Organization, ILO, and the Global Union are championing.
The issues include; creating employment opportunities and descent work for peace in Africa.
The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba made the call during a meeting of the steering Committee on the gains of the International Trade Union Congress and Africa Trade Union Development Network in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Creating descent jobs
Comrade Wabba stated that creating descent jobs opportunity for the teeming youths in Africa would go a long way reducing security threat.
He assured the unions of NLC’s commitment in ensuring that Africa and most importantly Africa Trade Union are able to take their right place during the process of development.
“We want to be the content of development, push the government to do what is right in the interest of our citizens and also to be at the driving seat of development issues within our country and not to over rely on foreign needs or foreign prescription, that would not take us to the promise land. So those are the challenge,” Comrade Wabba noted.
The NLC President also stressed that the union would engage various Trade union in Africa and the globe and proffer solutions to the process that would bring about positive change.
“I want to use this medium to welcome you to Abuja and wish you a very fruitful celebration at the end of your meeting“, he stated.
Addressing poverty in Africa
Comrade Wabba further called on participants at the two day meeting to discuss the consolidating gains of the Africa Trade Union Development Network, to address the issues of poverty in Africa continent in the course of their celebration.
Also speaking, the Policy Advisory of the Committee, Mr. Alex Nkosi explained that various trade unions in Africa have contributed a lot to the socio-economic development in the continent.
Removing trade barriers
Mr. Nkosi noted that part of the objectives of the union was to remove trade barriers among Africans countries.
“The report of the Steering Committee will focus on what has been done over the years and also to evaluate the report and forge way for 2017,’’ Mr. Nkosi stated.
According to him, it also aimed at making research on development from labour perspectives and also to build the capacity of Africa trade Union on issues that have to do with development.