In his capacity as a member of the former Secretary of Somali Congress of Trade Union (SOCOTU) and currently the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of Jubaland State, Somalia Brother Ahmed Hassan Omar said:
Ladies and gentlemen, I extend the most honored greetings of Islam to all of you who have gathered here today to witness this historic event. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.
In order to restore the majesty of the trade unions in our nation that once competed on the global stage, I want to inform the young leaders of SOCOTU that you currently have the chance to do so. Although I am aware that undertaking your tasks presents numerous obstacles you should use these as motivation to succeed in your purpose.
Since its establishment 12 years ago, SOCOTU has fought for workers’ rights, and its members are steadfast in their desire for justice for Somali workers.
I want the SOCOTU leaders to understand that you shouldn’t deviate from your stated objectives and that you should maintain concentration. Contrary to popular belief, a trade union is a non-profit advocacy group whose members are all represented collectively needs to change.
We gathered to show our unity and strength in order to defend our constitution and to convey a message of support to the members of our affiliate federations who are here, as well as to our partner organizations and the sister federations in the region.
Finally, I want to reassure you that I will do everything in my power to help you and that you can continue to rely on me for everything. God’s blessings be upon you.