Ebola: NLC bars nine countries from conference
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has written a letter asking delegates from nine countries where there have been outbreak of the Ebola Virus to stay away from its 12th NLC Rain School 2014 holding in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
Adhering to the restriction notice, nine countries including Liberia, South Africa, Guinea, Kenya, and others were conspicuously absent from the conference.
NLC President, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar, disclosed this in his opening remarks at the conference on Monday.
He said the congress barred the delegates from the affected countries from attending the conference to prevent the spread of the virus.
The theme of the conference is – “Inequality and Socio-Political Instability: Issues and Challenges for the Working Class”
He said the NLC took the decision because the presence of nationals from the countries would have scared other participants away from the conference.
The Nation learnt that the only delegate that attended the conference from Ghana, Gladys Osuma, was certified Ebola free.
Omar said, “It is very unique because I thought for the first time we are holding the school with people only from Nigeria. But we are happy we are able to get our sister from Ghana. Although most of the time you cannot even differentiate Nigeria and Ghana except that there are two countries in between us.
“But you know for obvious reason why it is only one person from Ghana who is here today; that is because of the unfortunate incident of the Ebola Virus. And some countries are making efforts to ensure that people outside will not come either to import or may not come to export this very dreaded disease.
“That is why we wrote to quite a number of these countries particularly Sierra-Leone, Liberia, and even South Africa and so on explaining reasons why they should please help us by staying back because we wouldn’t want to bring people to scare the larger people here.
“This is bcause when you hear that somebody from Liberia is here all of you will stay away. We asked them to stay back. But I am very happy that our sister from Ghana is hale and hearty and she will also go back hale and hearty.”