- CNTV English - CCTV News

Nationwide strike begins in Nigeria over fuel subsidy removal

01-05-2012 16:49 BJT

ABUJA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- A nationwide strike is underway in Nigeria Thursday to protest the removal of fuel subsidies by the government, bringing Africa's top oil producer to a standstill.

The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have ordered their affiliate unions and branches in the nation's 36 states and the capital Abuja to immediately begin mobilization for a strike to protest the removal.

The Nigerian government stopped the fuel subsidies on Sunday, saying the funds will be spent on refineries and infrastructure instead.

The Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) announced the formal removal of the subsidy, prompting fuel marketers to increase their prices from 65 naira (0.41 U.S. dollar) to as much as 200 naira (1.25 U.S. dollars) per liter.

Nigeria's removal of fuel subsidies has triggered protests in several cities, and mass strikes and protests are being called for.

A statement issued at the end of a joint emergency meeting of the NLC and TUC in Abuja Wednesday said the strike was called after exhaustive deliberations and consultations with stakeholders.

The statement demanded that the government immediately restore the fuel price to 65 naira (0.41 U.S. dollar).

If the government fails to do so, labor unions have threatened to stage a general strike, mass rallies and street protests across the country starting next Monday.

"All offices of oil production centers, air and sea ports, fuel stations, markets, banks, among others will be shut down indefinitely. We advise Nigerians to stockpile basic needs, especially food and water," the statement said.

Nigeria has resorted to fuel imports to meet domestic consumption for years because its four state-run refineries are unable to operate normally. Yet Nigerians only pay a fraction of what Europeans pay for fuel.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program