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My administration will not inflict hardship on Nigerians – Buhari assures TUC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that the Federal Government would not inflict hardship on citizens, but rather keep seeking ways to ameliorate their suffering and create more enabling environment for everyone to thrive.

Buhari stated this when he received the new executive of Trade Union Congress,TUC), led by its President, Mr Quadri Olaleye, at the State House, Abuja on Thursday.

The president, who was reacting to Olaleye’s presentation bordering on national issues, said: “On fuel prices, I agree with you on the need to eliminate corruption and inefficiencies in the sector.

“I want to assure you that as an administration, we have no intention of inflicting any additional hardship on Nigerians,“ he said.

According to him, the Federal government remains committed to the implementation of the national minimum wage.

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He said that the inaugural Federal Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday, focused on the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework which includes discussions around the new minimum wage.

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“During our first term, we secured the nation’s territorial integrity and continued to protect the lives and properties of our citizens.

“We introduced various economic stimulus packages that support businesses and traders at all levels, promoted backward integration programmes, especially in the agricultural sector, to enhance our food security while creating jobs.

“We embarked on the most ambitious infrastructure development and rehabilitation projects this country has seen in decades. We also introduced the largest Social Investment Program in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Although these programmes, and many more, successfully lifted Nigeria out of recession the full impact is yet to be felt.

“In the next four years, we shall sustain this momentum and by the grace of God, lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.”

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The President, who noted that his administration would work hard to improve the livelihood of citizens, said most of the inherited challenges were avoidable if some previous governments had been keener on investing on infrastructure and human capacity.

“The points you raised are all interconnected. The lack of power and infrastructure due to decades of under-investment led to the closure or inefficient operations of a number of factories across the country.

“This meant the private sector was unable to create jobs, fast enough to cope with our increasing population.

“You will agree with me that all these challenges and many more, were long ago left unattended to thereby leaving the country in the mired state we inherited.

“You all will also testify to having seen and experienced what we have put in place as an administration to address these challenges.”

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In his remarks, the President of TUC advised the Federal government to pay more attention to the welfare of Nigerians by avoiding the increase in fuel price and ensuring implementation of the national minimum wage.

The implementation of the national minimum wage is being delayed by negotiations on the consequential adjustments.

“We are, however, disturbed that the enthusiasm is turning into a nightmare,” the TUC leader said

He urged the President to focus on poverty reduction and improving security.

Olaleye assured the President that TUC would support the government as it tackled challenges facing the country.

He commended the president for an increase in Internally Generated Revenue, steps taken on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa and the signing of African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

(NAN)

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Covid-19: Oyo discharges 17, records two deaths

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COVID-19: Oyo records 28 new cases

Oyo State has recorded two more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to six.

Head of the state COVID-19 task force, Governor Seyi Makinde disclosed this while giving an update on Wednesday morning.

The two deaths were from the six positive cases reported for Tuesday.

With the six cases, a total of 250 cases are now confirmed in the state.

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The breakdown of the six latest cases shows one case recorded from iSON Xperiences and one each from Ibadan South West, Ibadan South East, Surulere, Ido and Egbeda Local Government Areas.

Meanwhile, seventeen confirmed COVID-19 patients have been discharged.

 

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U.S. passes 100,000 coronavirus death toll

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The U.S. has surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, the world’s highest.

It reached the mark on Tuesday night as figures rolled in from the states.

John Hopkins University estimated the death toll at 98,902 deaths as at 01:30GMT on Wednesday.

But data company Dadax which runs worldometers.info said 100,579 people have died.

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On Tuesday alone, fresh infections were 19,049 , while fresh deaths were 774.

U.S. caseload of infections is now 1,725,275 and still counting.

President Trump has been accused of causing the carnage, by not taking action when he should have.

But on Tuesday night, Trump tweeted a defence:

“For all of the political hacks out there, if I hadn’t done my job well, & early, we would have lost 1 1/2 to 2 Million People, as opposed to the 100,000 plus that looks like will be the number.

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“That’s 15 to 20 times more than we will lose. I shut down entry from China very early!

“One person lost to this invisible virus is too much, it should have been stopped at its source, China, but I acted very quickly, and made the right decisions.

“Many of the current political complainers thought, at the time, that I was moving far to fast, like Crazy Nancy!”.

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Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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COVID-19: T. B Joshua speaks on Sanwo-Olu, wearing of face masks

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Prophet T. B Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations [SCOAN] has commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his efforts in ensuring the safety of lives of Lagos residents in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He described the Governor as one of a kind over his activity at this critical time, comparing him to the New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who, according to Joshua, is always on the national news to update the general public and to educate them.

Speaking during one of his live shows on Emmanuel Television, he also warned against the abuse of face masks, noting that some people were wearing their face masks for long periods of time, which he said was dangerous.

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He said,

“We would like to use this time to salute our governor of Lagos State, Governor Sanwo-Olu.

“Indeed, he’s one of a kind. If you look at his activity at this critical time, it can be compared to the New York governor who is always on the national news to update the general public and to educate them.

“Our governor wants to see his people and he wants to see them living well. We pray God will increase his capacity to do more, in Jesus’ name!”

He added,

“Following global health guidelines during this period of COVID-19, the government is insisting on the use of face masks in public places – along with social distancing and handwashing.

“Face masks can be a very good thing but they can also be dangerous when they are not used properly or when they are not made with the proper material.

“The government has asked you to wear face masks when you are in public places, in the midst of people, on the streets, in vehicles when you are not alone. The government is doing this to help you.

“They are not asking you to wear it 24 hours a day. There should be a time at home when you remove it. But some people are wearing their face masks for long periods of time.

“Breathing the same air in and out or not getting enough air while breathing – all of this can affect your health, cause headaches, fatigue and worsen existing health challenges.

“So let us be careful of the amount of time we wear the face mask and also of the kind of material our face masks are made out of.

“For many, the chemicals used to make such material can be dangerous to inhale. NOTE: The face mask is your personal mask. It should be clean and made of proper material. This requires your discretion, viewers.

“Sometimes hardship can influence our reasoning. Sometimes joblessness can influence our reasoning. Sometimes fear can influence our reasoning. Sometimes pressure can influence our reasoning.”

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