There Is Hardship In The Land, Saraki To Buhari

Senate President, Bukola Saraki yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari that there is hardship in the country and that Nigerians are suffering.

Speaking during the presentation of the 2017 budget by President Buhari, Saraki said Nigerians are lamenting the hardship in the country.

“Mr. President, the feedback we get from visits to our various constituencies is that there is hardship in the land. We can see it and we can feel it. This situation therefore commands all of us as government to a greater sense of urgency. We cannot work magic, but we must continue to work the clock.

“Our people must see that the singular pre-occupation of government is the search for solution to the current economic hardship; and the commitment to ease their burden. They don’t want to know what political parties we belong, what language we speak or how we worship God. They have trusted their fates into our hands, and they need us now more than ever, to justify the trust that they have reposed on us,” he said.

Also speaking while delivering the votes of thanks after the budget presentation, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said Buhari should include abandoned and white elephant projects in the list of anomalies he must kill.

 

He said “join me in urging Mr President to add distorted budget cycle and abandoned capital projects /white elephant projects, to the list of things, in addition to corruption, that he must kill.”

 

Dogara also said that the annual budget process was frustrating because the set out goals are not usually achieved.

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Greedy Politicians Causing Workers’ Hardship– NLC

The Nigerian Labour congress (NLC) on Monday said greed by political office holders has continued to create hardship for workers in the country.

The president of the congress, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, stated this at the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC-Africa) Regional Conference on “Advancing Decent Work in Global Supply Chain in Africa,” which began  in Abuja, Monday.

The conference was organised by the NLC in collaboration with ITUC-Africa.

He said there was  an urgent need to end corporate greed at all levels of the nation’s governance system.

Wabba also said the ills and inequalities of multinational enterprises have left scars on the people.

“Comrades and friends, on the issue of fighting to halt and ultimately end corporate greed, we are all witnesses to the ills and iniquities of multinational enterprises.

“From 2007 to 2008 when corporate greed and market rascality plunged the world into a financial and later, harrowing economic crisis, working men and women, pensioners and communities suffered immense losses.

“Till date, the miseries and hardship caused by their reckless and greedy actions have left scars on people, households, communities and economies,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the NLC president as saying at the forum.

Wabba blamed politicians for “offensive concessions to businesses and providing them tax havens.”

?“Shockingly, rather than side with their people, constituents and constituencies, politicians and governments have continued to make obscene and offensive concessions to businesses,” he added.

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The Mugabes Launch New Ice Cream Company Amid National Economic Hardship

Zimbabwe is among the poorest nations on the planet. According to recent statistics from the United Nations’ World Food Programme, 72 percent of the population currently lives below the national poverty line, earning less than U.S. $1.25 a day.

But that’s not enough to deter President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, from launching a new line of ice creams and chocolates.

The lavish president and first lady, who the Guardian wrote in 2012 have “long been accused of milking the country for all its worth,” announced plans to place the products in local grocery stores under the brand name Alpha Omega.

Grace Mugabe introduced Alpha Omega three years ago, after Nestle stopped buying milk from her farm amid the threat of a consumer boycott. Nestle announced in 2009 it would end its relationship with the first lady’s Gushungo Dairy Estate after coming under pressure from human rights activists.

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