All negotiations by the Federal Government to prevent the impending strike on Tuesday, appears to have hit a brick wall. In the light of recent developments by the labour union, President Mohammed Buhari has appealed to the leaders of the union to consider the rot his administration inherited.
The President made this 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 made this appeal just 24 hours before the start of the indefinite industrial action by labour unions in a bid to pressurize the government to acquiesce to their demands.
Buhari said the workers should try to understand the effort his administration is trying to put things in order. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina – “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.”
Buhari told the retired Ambassadors that his administration will sustain massive investments to upgrade and develop the country’s transport and power supply
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.