On 7 June 2021, the leadership of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations civil service Technical and recreational services employees (AUPCTRE) and National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) converged in Abuja for a leadership training organized by Public Services International (PSI) with the support of DGB BW in the framework of the PSI project “Promoting Transparency and Decent Work in Supply Chains in Electricity, Water and Waste Services in Sub-Sahara Africa”.
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The activity aimed at providing knowledge, leadership skills, competencies and experience a sharing platform for affiliated unions participating in the project. The leadership training was tailored towards the achievement of the project objectives.
In the first session, opening remarks were provided by Sani Baba, PSI regional Secretary of Africa and Arab countries, Com. Benjamin Anthony-National President, AUPCTRE and Com. Martin Uzoegwu-National President, NUEE. The researcher, Mr Lucky Chambers Umezulike, then presented the findings of the report on the mapping of civil society, international financial institutions, private sector actors and the survey on public perception of privatization in Nigeria. Based on the findings of the report, the leadership of the union held a plenary session to discuss the issues raised, noting that waste management services seem to have been outrightly left in the hands of private individuals, with government at all levels playing only regulatory roles, and that there is a great need for sensitization and awareness raising among workers on waste management issues in the country. It was noted during the discussions that any society that manages its domestic and industrial waste well will enjoy economic gains.
In the second session, the trade union leadership engaged the press media and highlighted issues of concern relating to the water, waste and energy sectors and condemned the process and effects of privatization within the three sectors in Nigeria. The issues raised in the press briefing were disseminated on both print and television media.
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In the third and final session, the participants were taken through the concept of understanding leadership in their respective trade unions in the water, waste and energy sectors. Thereafter the participants were taken through the guiding principles for effective leadership that would enable effective implementation of the project which resulted in participants providing resolutions that would be effective in the success of the project in Nigeria.