Posted by News Express | 24 November 2018 | 1,112 times
President Muhammadu Buhari has told a delegation of APC that he had no preferred ethnic or religion group and would deal with leaders and public officials who embezzle public funds and deny workers their benefits.
“I assure you that my main interest is all Nigerians in all parts of the country,’’ President Buhari told the delegation of All Progressives Congress (APC)from Benue state led by Senator George Akume.
“Therefore, if anybody tries to create any impression that I prefer any group across ethnicity or religion, let him dare me by being caught red-handed stealing public funds. I will deal with him,’’ President Buhari said.
He said that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had been monitoring the plight of workers across the country and utilisation of the bailout and Paris Club funds by some states.
According to him, the Federal Government’s bailout to states and the payment of Paris Club refunds to them were basically to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
Despite the bailout, several states still owe workers and pensioners, a development the President is unhappy about.
“I honestly don’t know how people sleep when workers have not been paid. The workers have to pay rent, buy food, send their children to school and they have healthcare to take care of,” he lamented, describing misappropriation of the funds as unjust and unfair to workers.
Apart from the issues of workers’ welfare and corruption, President Buhari informed the delegation that the Federal Government had made significant progress in diversifying the economy.
This, he explained, was achieved through investment in agriculture and the encouragement of more individuals and entrepreneurs to go into farming.
He is optimistic that Nigeria would soon become self-sufficient in feeding its citizenry as a result of the investment in agriculture.
“We are proud of what we have achieved with resources at our disposal,’’ he said, listing ongoing road, rail, seaport, airport, and power projects as hallmarks of his administration’s commitment to improving lives.’’(NAN)
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