SGF SAYS THE GOVERNMENT AND LABOUR SHARE COMMON OBJECTIVES
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir David Lawal, has assured the leadership of Labour Unions that the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari is prepared to partner with the unions to achieve peace and security across the West African Sub-region and prosperity for all the citizens. He stated this in his office, today, when he received the President of the Organization of Trade Unions of West Africa (OTUWA), Comrade Mademba Sock and his delegation, when they paid him a working visit.
2. The SGF applauded the decision of OTUWA to relocate its headquarters to Abuja in Nigeria and observed that the proximity of the Union to the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) will enhance the anticipated and much desired cooperation with the regional body, which will impact positively on the activities of OTUWA. He also assured the delegation of the assistance of the Federal Government in settling down in Abuja, and urged the Executive Secretary, who is a Nigerian, to direct any request of the union through appropriate government channels.
3. The President of the Union, in his remarks, said the Union, after many years of inactivity is now eager to contribute to the development and integration of the West African Sub-region so as to justify the dream and vision of the founding fathers of ECOWAS. He emphasized that the Union will partner with governments in West Africa to lead workers to transform the entire Sub-region and accelerate the socio-cultural, economic and political integration of the people of the Sub-region. To achieve this, Comrade Sock informed the SGF that the Union will hold from May 11 – 13, 2016, a Strategic Planning Workshop in Abuja to draw up a 5-Year Plan of Activities for OTUWA. The Workshop, according to him, is supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and participants are drawn from Labour Organizations in the Sub-region, across Africa and major global unions. The President of OTUWA seized the opportunity of the visit to solicit for the support of the Federal Government for its activities including the allocation of land for its permanent site/training institute.
Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.