Abuja - Mr Kiri Mohammed, the Deputy
President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has called for the relocation of the
headquarters of the Organisation of Trade Union West Africa (OTUWA) to Nigeria.
Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an
interview at the sideline of a Special OTUWA Delegates' Conference on Friday in
Abuja, that the conference was designed to rejuvenate OTUWA.
He noted that the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
had indicated that in the next two to three years, it would no longer with
individual affiliated unions from Africa, but would collaborate with regional
"Why we need to revive OTUWA is to make sure that it stands
up to the barrage of challenges facing the labour organisation.
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"Despite the fact that we have ECOWAS Secretariat in
Nigeria, we do not have an organisation like OTUWA capable of looking at issues
that are related to work and labour.
He said that the relocation of OTUWA’s secretariat from Côte
d'ivoire to Nigeria, would spur the organisation to engage the governments of
West Africa, to look at labour issues.
"The structure we are looking at is the possibility of
bringing new officers to take new offices that we have sought for them in
Meanwhile, Mr Arezki Mezhoud, the General Secretary,
Organisation of Africa Trade Unions (OATU), said the union had a big role to
play in the development of various countries and the continent at large.
Mezhoud said that union had a responsibility to ensure peace
and stability in the continent, adding that the union had played great roles in
According to him, the agenda of the 2016 forum would centre
on the development of African unions through social dialogue at the regional
level and to participate in nations' development.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of
the conference is "Uniting Workers to Promote Regional Integration in West
NAN reports that delegates from across the continent were
represented at the event.