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Monday, 5 November 2018

Muhammadu Buhari Pleads With NLC to Shield Strike


12 hours to the commencement of indefinite nationwide strike for a new minimum wage, President Muhammadu Buhari is appealing to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

He is asking that they consider what he called "the rot his administration inherited" and shelve the strike.
Receiving members of the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria led by Ambassador Oladapo Fafowora at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, today, President Buhari said the "workers needed to show more understanding especially with the more infrastructure his administration was putting in place with fewer resources."
He 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.
"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 said.
The Nigerian leader 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.
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