Senegal transport strike suspended, as citizens hope for peace 2012
Transport unions in Senegal have suspended their strike action.
The strike, which lasted for two days, left thousands of commuters stranded, as taxis and other private commercial vehicles stayed off the streets on Monday and Tuesday.
The transport unions decision to suspend the strike followed a series of meetings in the Senegalese capital, Dakar first with the Country’s Prime Minister and later the Energy Ministry officials.
It’s believed that if behind the scene negotiations do not continue, the transport workers strike may resume right after Senegal’s major annual Muslim pilgrimage in the religious city of Touba next week.
WADR’s Reporter who covered the talks said no agreement was reached on the three demands of the transport unions, which include reduction in the price of petrol, end to harassment in the traffic and a stop to what they called, the transport Ministry’s interference.
Senegal has seen a jump in the number of tourists flocking into this West African country over the years and establishment of regional office headquarters of various UN agencies and other international none governmental organiations primarily, because the country’s relative peace and stability.
In another development, it’s said that when peace and stability flow, devlopment is likely to follow.
So as the new year 2012 gradually rolls on, some Senegalese have been expressing their hopes for a peaceful and productive year, a year that will see the holding of the country’s presidential election.
As the run up to February’s election witness heightened political tensions, WADR’s Reporter Mamadou Barry has been capturing the views of some Senegalese here in the capital, Dakar.
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