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Buhari promises workers living wage

Anietie Udobit, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari Buhari on Wednesday promised that workers would have a living wage while pensioners would be looked after.

In a letter issued through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari also reiterated the commitment of his administration to lay the enduring foundations for taking 100 million Nigerians out of mass poverty over the next 10 years.

“Today I restate that commitment. We shall continue reforms in education, healthcare and water sanitation. I have met international partners such as GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who support our social welfare programmes.

“I will continue to work with State and Local Governments to make sure that these partnerships deliver as they should. Workers will have a living wage and pensioners will be looked after.

“We are steadily clearing pensions and benefits arrears neglected for so long,’’ he said.

The president stated that the new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development would consolidate and build on the social intervention schemes.

He noted that the journey had already begun with the passage and signing into law of the 2020 Appropriation Act.

“As the new decade dawns, we are ready to hit the ground running.

“Let me pay tribute to the Ninth National Assembly who worked uncommonly long hours to make sure that the 2020 budget scrutiny is both thorough and timely.

“The close harmony between the Executive and Legislature is a sharp contrast to what we have experienced in the recent past when the Senate kept the previous budget for seven months without good reason just to score cheap political points thereby disrupting the budgetary processes and overall economic development plans,” Buhari said.