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Exit Of Mali, Niger And B/Faso Is A Failure Of Diplomacy, Dialogue, Says ITUC-Africa 

*says withdrawal will affect workers negatively

The African Regional Organisation of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) has said that decisions by the trio of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso to withdraw from Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will negatively effect workers and other ordinary citizens.

Rather, the ITUC -Africa advised ECOWAS as matter of urgency to dialogue with Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso to address the contentious issues.

The group blamed failure of diplomacy and dialogue as reason for the happenings in the region

According to a statement signed by the General Secretary of ITUC -Africa Comrade Akhator Joel Odigie, said the 12-month deadline stipulated in the ECOWAS treaty provides a window for political negotiation, and we implore both parties to utilise this period constructively. 

Comrade Akhator Odigie lamented that this withdrawal comes amidst challenging security threats in the region, the disintegration of democratic rule, and the imposition of sanctions by ECOWAS on the junta-led governments. 

The statement reads “the decision to withdraw from ECOWAS is regrettable. It will undoubtedly have far reaching negative consequences, particularly for the ordinary citizens of the region, including workers and traders, who will bear the brunt of economic hardships and increased poverty.

“It is imperative to emphasise that African unity is paramount for advancing regional integration and socioeconomic development and fostering the global relevance of the continent. 

“While acknowledging the sovereign right of member states, we urge Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso to reconsider their withdrawal and engage in dialogue with ECOWAS to address underlying issues. 

“The 12-month deadline stipulated in the ECOWAS treaty provides a window for political negotiation, and we implore both parties to utilise this period constructively. 

This development points to the inefficiency of dialogue, diplomacy and restraint on the part of ECOWAS and the concerned states. Therefore, there is an urgent for ECOWAS to reassess its efficiency and effectiveness, free itself from external influence, and reaffirm its commitment to the wellbeing of the people of West Africa. Military intervention should not be contemplated without exhaustive efforts to address the root causes of instability, including jihadist violence, through diplomatic and humanitarian means.  

“Importantly, ECOWAS must reassess the efficacy, manner and scope of its sanction deployment, especially the ones designed and imposed to hurt and harm the socioeconomic wellbeing of the people with the intention of forcing them to revolt and push for regime change.  

“ITUC-Africa calls for a return to the ECOWAS of the people, grounded in democratic principles and the rule of law. We underscore that the revocation of membership from a regional body should only be undertaken by elected leaders through legitimate processes, including consultation with national parliaments. This is not the case now.  

“In conclusion, we urge all stakeholders to prioritise dialogue, diplomacy and cooperation to resolve the current impasse and uphold the principles of democracy, human rights, and regional integration in the ECOWAS region”.

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