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  • 2018 Activities

  • Overseeing the judiciary, whose role?
  • Towards review of MOU between INEC and NURTW
  • Monitoring of Political Party Financing
  • Youth Leadership programme "Open Minds, Young Voices"
  • Participative Planning and Monitoring of Election Promises in Local Governments
  • Looking left, walking right. Ideology in the Labour Movement in Nigeria
  • Sale of a State - Privatisation in Nigeria
  • The Struggle for Democratic Space, Labour and the Socio-Economic Liberation of Nigeria
  • Climate Change and Industrialisation
  • “Hunger and Poverty Alert for Trade Unions in West Africa "
  • Social Protection Floor in Nigeria

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2012 Africa Industrialization Day

Although Nigeria records strong economic growth, unemployment is high and not enough jobs are created for a rapidly growing population. Research is neglected, productivity is low, agriculture and manufacturing are confined to small farms and workshops. The costs of production are high – not least because every producer needs to produce his own power. UNIDO and UNCTAD, in their 2011 report on “Economic Development in Africa” therefore classify Nigeria as an economy that is “falling behind”.

True economic development needs a structural change from low to high productivity. This will create jobs and increase wealth and safety in the country. The industry has a key role to play, because every job in manufacturing will trigger jobs in service such as banking, insurance and communication. At the same time, the agricultural sector needs support to become more productive and create jobs outside of family enterprises.

The Africa Industrialization Day is commemorated on November 20th every year as a platform to reflect on the challenges of Industrialization in Africa. “Accelerating Industrialization for boosting intra-African trade” was the theme for this year’s celebration. Key trade unions in Nigeria, namely the Textile and Garments and Tailoring Worker’s Union of Nigeria, Construction, Woodwork and Civil Engineering Workers Union, the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association, Agriculture and Allied workers union, Oil and Gas Workers Union and Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria organized a roundtable to mark the day on the 19th Nov at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja with support from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Dignitaries at the roundtable include Representative of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria [MAN], National Productivity Center, Textile employer’s Association, Kaduna State Government, United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNIDO], Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN], National Planning Commission, Bank of Industry [BOI] and trade union leaders/workers.

The event provided an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the interim report on Industrialization in Nigeria prepared by Prof Wale Ogunkola and Comrade Femi Aborisade. The roundtable also sought to engage/ attract policy makers’ attention on the issues and challenges of Industrialization in Nigeria.

Find here the communiqué issued at the end of the Roundtable organized to mark the Africa Industrialization Day.