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African union leaders’ horror at abduction of Chibok girls

17 October 2014, 18:27

Borno  - Trade Union leaders from the continent have expressed concern at the kidnapping of the girls from the government school in Chibok in Borno State and the continued failure to rescue them.

Having met in Pretoria, South Africa from Tuesday and Wednesday, some 150 trade union leaders from 28 African countries of the 50-million-strong global union IndustriALL have discussed a series of issues and challenges which trade unions face throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The Conference underlined the importance of peace and stability in the region, and expressed their horror about the case in Nigeria where (more than) 200 girls were abducted. The delegates raised their concern over the ongoing civil war in the Central African Republic and called on all African governments to ensure the existence of peace and stability in the region,” Jyrki Raina, General Secretary, IndustriALL Global Union, said in a statement after the conclusion of the meeting.

Also read: Abandoned Chibok schoolgirl receiving treatment

The unions’ sentiment came days after six months elapsed to the members of the notorious Boko Haram sect’s abduction of the more than 200 schoolgirls in the terror-stricken Borno States.

Efforts to rescue the girls from the clutches of the militant sect have proved futile despite some foreign powerhouses intervening.

It was reported the sect is holding the minors hostage pressing for the release of members in prisons for masterminding terror.

Meanwhile, the Ebola disaster was one of the agenda items at the conference in Pretoria.

The scourge is killing thousands of people in the region, particularly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Several deaths were recorded in Nigeria but the country has declared it had eliminated the virus.

“The conference participants stressed their firm solidarity with people affected by this catastrophe, and called on all governments and intergovernmental organizations, including the International Labour Organisation and World Health Organisation to take swift measures to fight against Ebola and to prevent further deaths,” said Raina.

– CAJ News


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