Abuja – Mr Stephen Cotton, General Secretary, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) on Tuesday commended Nigerian transportation system, saying it is growing and biggest economy in Africa.

Cotton disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the sideline of the ongoing 9th ITF Africa Regional Conference held in Abuja.

Christmas holiday: A cross section of People waiting to board vehicleS during the weekend at Bori Camp Busstop, Port Harcourt. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

He said that Nigeria has a very strong affiliated unions and work forces, stating that the regional conference was brought to Nigeria due to its enormous population and membership.

“ITF have over 20 million transport unions globally, we always have a regional conference where we discuss what is happening in that region, it is Africa’s turn, so we decided to come to Nigeria.

“Because Nigeria is a success story in Africa with the growing and biggest economy, our conference is all about building trade union power, mobilising transport workers affiliates.

“In road Transport, Aviation and Port, Nigeria has got an enormous population with strong unions,“ he said.

Cotton said the conference was focusing on woman and youths with discussion on workers welfare and more women involvement.

Ms. Baker Khundakji, ITF Global Youths Coordinator said the conference was important to ITF because it’s trying to build a unified platform that includes the young workers globally.

She said that the youths were being carried along to know the challenges they are facing and preparing them for the future.

She said ITF have a very strong membership in Nigeria, stating that by building the youths it will help strengthen the union’s capacity in the future.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 300 union workers are participating in the ongoing Africa Regional conference scheduled to hold between March 6 and March 9, 2018.(NAN)


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