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African trade body gets $200,000 to boost operational efficiency


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta . / AFP PHOTO / STEFFI LOOS

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta has boosted the operational efficiency of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) with $200,000 annual grant.

The Kenyan President, who made the pledge at General Council meeting of the trade union organisation taking place in Nairobi, said the annual grant of 200,000 US dollars will help to advance the organisation’s integration agenda.

Kenyatta, who was the special guest of honor at the event, posited that strong independent trade unions are pillars of democracy, progress, and prosperity.

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, who also doubles as President of the International Union Confederation (ITUC), disclosed this in Abuja Wednesday.

Kenyatta was quoted as saying it was disheartening to see Africans lose lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea to seek opportunities because the continent cannot come together and grow its own prosperity that would provide them employment and a future of hope.

He asked African labour organisations to be at the forefront in advocating for the free movement of goods, persons, labour and capital across the entire African continent adding, “this free movement within Africa was a large part of the dream that informed the formation of Organisation of African Trade Union Unity in the year 1973; it should not be forgotten.”

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