President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned leaders of the various labour unions in the country to desist from distracting his administration as he was committed to fixing infrastructure to make the economy vibrant again.
He stated this on Thursday when he played host to the executive committee members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) at the State House, Abuja.
He also took a swipe at striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying he would rather appeal to them not to encroach on the right of students to quality education and early graduation.
He said contrary to critics of his administration, there was no part of the country lacking in infrastructural development brought about by his government in the past three and half years.
He said, “In three and half years, we have improved tremendously on what we met. We are trying to do infrastructure.
“No matter which part of the country you come from, you will see the efforts we are making in terms of roads; we are trying to fix rails, we are trying to do power, through the use of gas and solar.
“If you note what we have done in these three and half years, you will not regret voting this administration into power.”
President Buhari also stated that Nigeria was doing very well in agriculture as the country was about to attain food sufficiency and security.
On the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), I assure you that I will speak with the lecturers’ body “so that they don’t encroach on your efforts to qualify in time”.
President Buhari said he had explained in details while presenting the 2019 budget estimates, the earnings and expenditure and therefore expected the elite to understand the position of the government on certain issues.
He added that it was the responsibility of the government to look after the employed as well as the unemployed.
The president urged the youths to start preparing themselves to lead the country.
“There is a tendency for you to think that you can do better than anybody, but it is very good for you to know the facts that leadership entails,” he admonished them.
He assured NANS leaders that having been in positions of leadership at various stages in life, and with the experience, he meant well for Nigerians and, indeed, workers and should be allowed to fix infrastructure so that more Nigerians could be taken out of the poverty cycle.