July 28, 2014

Labour backs down, calls off nationwide strike

Labour leaders today called off its nationwide strike in protest of the January 1 subsidy removal that led to an increase in fuel prices, taking it from N65 to N141. The strike was called off today by the NLC and TUC presidents in a joint press conference in Abuja, after a meeting with the president last night. The meeting, which was the second between labour leaders and the federal government over the weekend. At the meeting, President Jonathan put forth the Federal Government’s new approved pump price of petrol, N97 – the new price was decided on after a meeting ...

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Governor Fashola Urges Jonathan to Withdraw Troops from Lagos

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state in a televised broadcast speech to people of the state today condemned government’s decision to deploy soldiers against “peaceful protesters”. Fashola in his speech urged President Jonathan to reconsider the decision and asked that soldiers be withdrawn from Lagos streets, adding that protests in the nation’s commercial hub have been largely peaceful. “It is not disputable that the citizens who have gathered in several parts of Lagos like Falomo, Ikorodu and Ojota to mention a few have largely conducted themselves peacefully, singing and dancing while they expressed their displeasure at the way that we ...

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Labour Strike Day 6: Save Nigeria Group Shuns FG’s N97 Offer

President Goodluck Jonathan in an address to the nation on Monday morning announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the reduction of pump price of petrol, bring it down from N141 to N97. For the umpteenth time the President highlighted the many benefits of deregulation, but added that the government had considered “the hardships suffered by Nigerians” and come to this compromise. He further called on labour unions to call off the ongoing nationwide strike. Troops were also deployed to protest grounds in major cities to monitor protesters and crackdown on activities. Labour agreed to call off street ...

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Strike Continues Monday; Talks Between Labour/FG Ends Abruptly

The nationwide strike is set to continue on Monday. According to reports, the meeting between Labour leaders and the Federal government today ended abruptly with both sides refusing to compromise. The meeting, presided over by Senate President David Mark, held in the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Saturday night. However, FG and Labour have once again failed to budge on the controversial issue of fuel subsidy removal and subsequent fuel price hikes that have sparked nationwide protests among the struggling masses of the oil-rich nation. Labour leaders are insistent that the government bring the fuel prices back down to N65 ...

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Nigeria Puts Strike on Pause for Ongoing FG/Labour Negotiations

Oil-rich Nigeria is awaiting the results from ongoing negotiations between labour leaders and the Federal Government. Both parties met today in hopes of coming to an agreement on the issue of fuel subsidy and putting an end to the nationwide strike that has so far paralyzed the nation’s economy. A delegation of 17 labour officials led by President of the Nigeria Labour Congress Comrade Abdulwahed Omar and Trade Union Congress President Mr. Peter Esele met at the Presidential Villa for a meeting with the FG. The labour team is insisting on “N65 or nothing” for fuel prices in the country, ...

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Labour Strike Day 4: Oil Workers Threaten to Halt Production

LAGOS (AFP) – A national strike that has paralysed Nigeria and brought tens of thousands into the streets entered its fourth day Thursday with oil workers threatening to halt production. The strike and protests in Africa’s largest crude producer has put the government under mounting pressure as it also seeks to stop spiralling attacks blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram’s killing of Christians and retaliatory violence targeting Muslims in the country’s south have sparked fears of a wider conflict — with some evoking the possibility of civil war in Africa’s most populous nation. Two police officers were killed ...

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Labour Strike Day 4: Police Kill One, Injure Many in Kogi (NAN)

One person was shot dead and several others injured when armed policemen and soldiers involved in the control of anti-fuel subsidy withdrawal protest invaded Kabawa area of Lokoja on Thursday. The protesters had gathered at the Freedom Square at about 8.am to continue with their peaceful protest when armed policemen and soldiers arrived and fired tear gas canisters to dislodge them. Reports alleged that it was in the process of scaring away the protesters that a 25-year-old man identified as Anas Gambo, was shot from behind at Madabo quarters by a security man. An eyewitness told NAN that the police ...

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Labour Strike Day 3: Photos, News and Twitter Round Up

These are photos from day 3 of the labour mass strike in Lagos and nationwide. As they did the first and second day, millions of Nigerians took to the streets in protest of the fuel subsidy removal. In Lagos, the numbers grew at Ojota where the Save the Nigeria group held a rally at the Gani Fawehinmi park. Pilot Africa photos as well as a twitter updates from #OccupyNigeria protesters nationwide are below.   http://storify.com/PilotAfrica/nigeria-enters-3rd-day-of-mass-strike-protests-con ...

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Labour Strike Protests Take Destructive Turn in Minna, Niger State

Protests in Minna, Niger State took a destructive turn when some unidentified demonstrators went on a rampage, burning down several buildings and killing one police officer in the process. According to citizen reports on the Vanguard, the NNPC mega filling station, the old State Secratariat building and an INEC office were reportedly burned down. There was also an attempt to burn down the Governor’s mother’s residence, reports say, however, that attempt failed when police and security agents showed up releasing canisters and opened fire to disperse the protesters. Offices of Governor Muazu Aliyu and Tanko Beji, the state PDP chairman, ...

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