Minimum Wage: Be Considerate In Your Demands – President Buhari Tells Labour


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday begged the Leaderships of the Nigeria Labour Congress to be considerate in their demands, especially in view of the rot the government inherited from the previous government.

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.

Buhari urged the unions to understands the federal government is putting infrastructure 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.

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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 applauded 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.