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Kenyatta announces $200,000 annual grant to Africa Trade Union

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Kenyan President, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, on Wednesday announced a 200,000 dollars yearly subvention to the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU).

Kenyatta made the pledge at the General Council Meeting of OATUU in Nairobi.

He said that the annual grant of 200,000 dollars would help advance the organisation’s integration agenda and foster regional development.

Kenyatta, who was the Special Guest of honour at the event, noted that strong independent trade unions were pillars of democracy, progress, and prosperity.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, who also doubles as President of the International Union Confederation (ITUC), made the fact known in a statement in Abuja.

Wabba said it was disheartening to see Africans lose their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea to seek opportunities for a better life.

He blamed the situation on the delay in positioning the continent for sustainable development and job creation for the youth.

He urged African labour organisations to be at the forefront in advocating for the free movement of goods, persons, labour and capital across the continent.

“This free movement within Africa was a large part of the dream that informed the formation of OATUU in 1973; it should not be forgotten,” Wabba said.

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Edited by Folorunso Poroye/Chukwudi Ekezie

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