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 a more enabling environment for everyone to thrive.

President Muhammadu Buhari 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.

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.

“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 backwards 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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