Insecurity undermining Africa’s industrialisation -Labour

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Vice President, InduatriALL Global Union ,Comrade Issa Aremu, weekend raised the alarm that increasing spate of insecurity in most countries across Africa was undermining industrilization.  

He said African governments  must  put sustainable security measures if the continent  must attract investment, protect the existing investments and create sustainable Decent jobs. 
The frontline labour leader  spoke at the 2020 Africa industrialization Day (AID) commemoration activity and Webinars organized by IndustriaALL Global Union coordinated in Lagos and Johannesburg in South Africa.
In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly, proclaimed 20 November “Africa Industrialization Day” (AID). Annually United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),  a specialized agency of the United Nations for economic and industrial development raises  awareness on the need for industrial development in Africa. 2020 AID theme is “Inclusive and sustainable industrialization in the AfCFTA and COVID-19 era”,
In his commemoration remarks,Aremu observed that the increasing spate of insecurity on the continent caused by insurgencies, banditry and avoidable wars undermine investment and industrialization on the continent.
Citing the case of Boko Haram in Nigeria and the recent conflict in Ethiopia with Tigri region, he tasked the continent’ s leaders to come up with appropriate industrilization policy to re- industrilize Africa.
On Nigeria’s security challenge, Aremu ,a former vice president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC ) noted, “The activities of bandits all over the country are undermining  farming cultivation, Agro-allied  and industrial expansion. 
“Insecurity” he noted  “will further make Nigerian industries uncompetitive with negative impacts on employment”.  
The labour leader also added that there can be no industrialization without electrification. 
He urged all African governments “to massively invest in energy mix of hydro, solar and nuclear to drive Industrialization.”
Aremu said there is a nexus between industry and sustainable jobs. 
He said the underlining condition for the  recent #ENDSARS protests and its violent fall out was “massive unacceptable” unemployment and underemployment.  
According to him, “Sustainable mass jobs can only come from industry and manufacturing adding that Decent jobs , should not be an act of charity but as a necessary condition to promote productivity, transform Nigeria and Africa from underdevelopment, from dependence to sustainable development.“ 
Africa he said, “Must copy China’s industrialization drive and diversification which  within 20 years moved over 250 million people out of poverty through manufacturing and industrialisation.”

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