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Monday, November 5, 2018

Labour strike: Buhari begs NLC


Labour strike: Buhari begs NLC



President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed to the leadership of
the Nigeria Labour Congress to consider the rot his administration
inherited.




Buhari made the appeal when he received members of the Association of
Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria led by Ambassador Oladapo
Fafowora at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.




The appeal came barely 24 hours to the commencement of the indefinite
industrial action called by labour unions to press for a new national
minimum wage.




Buhari said the workers needed to show more understanding especially
with the more infrastructure his administration was putting in place
with fewer resources.



“President Buhari also appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress to
consider what this government inherited and the more it is doing with
fewer resources in putting the economy right,” a statement issued by his
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, read.




Buhari reassured Nigerians that his administration will sustain
massive investments to upgrade and develop the country’s transport and
power infrastructure.




The President told the retired Ambassadors that Nigerians will never
forget the ‘‘lost opportunity between 1999 and 2015,’’ when the nation
had huge resources at its disposal.




He said, ”There is no part of the country I haven’t been to, having attempted to be President four times.




”I know the condition of our roads. The rails were literally killed,
there was no power despite the admittance of some previous leadership
that they spent $16bn on the sector.




”Today, we are getting our priorities right and we believe that of
the three fundamental issues we campaigned on – security, the economy
and fighting corruption-, we have remained very relevant and Nigerians
believe we have achieved something.”




Buhari also appreciated the People’s Republic of China for financing
some of the rail and power projects in the country through concessionary
loans.




”I will do my best to see that where there are possibilities of
making a quick improvement on infrastructure, we will do it,” he said.




The President took note of some concerns raised by the retired
Ambassadors including an appeal for the adjustment of their pension
entitlements, retention of diplomatic passport for retired career
ambassadors, allocation of land for ARCAN headquarters in Abuja and
adequate funding of the Foreign Affairs ministry, among others.
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