By Michael Oche
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has described as very unfortunate recent wildfire incident in Tizi Ouzou of Algeria which killed a number of people and consumed thousands of hectares of olive groves and other economic trees.
The NLC while commiserating with the Algerian workers also commended the Government of Algeria for its continued support to the cause of the Saharawi people, the last colonial outpost in Africa.
The NLC in a letter signed by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and addressed to the General Secretary General Union of Algeria Workers (UGTA) said, “We deeply regret the terrible dislocation this mishap has brought on jobs, incomes, livelihoods and the emotional health of many Algerians especially workers, the poor and other vulnerable citizens.”
The letter reads further, “This tragedy notwithstanding, it is heartwarming that the Government of Algeria has continued to maintain its principled stand on supporting the cause of the Saharawi people — the last colonial outpost in Africa.
“It is unfortunate that the commitment of the Algerian government to helping the people of Saharawi Republic gain full independence has led to disruptions in your government’s diplomatic ties with Morocco, we assure you that the Algerian government and people enjoy the renewed solidarity of the entire continent for standing up for justice.”