April 23, 2014

Nigeria has planted the “Never Again” tree – Save Nigeria Group

The following is the press statement from the Save Nigeria group released on Tuesday, 17 January, a day after labour unions called off the nationwide strike accepting the federal government’s compromise to keep fuel prices at N97 per litre. The SNG denounced labour’s capitulation, but commends Nigerians for joining the struggle, saying “never again” will the voice of the people be taken for granted. Save Nigeria Group Press Release The general strike and citizens action which followed the January 1, 2012 on 117 percent increase in the pump price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) has proved a defining moment in ...

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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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Petroleum to Cost N97; Read Jonathan’s Speech on Deregulation and Nationwide Strike

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan will deliver a speech Monday morning announcing the government approved reduced pump price of petrol, N97 per litre, down from N141 per litre. The question is, will labour leaders take the deal? The President who met will labour on Sunday night had been expected to give a speech outlining the government’s new proposal, however the speech was postponed for Monday morning at 7am. Jonathan in the broadcast speech, which is attached below, says state governors and leaders of the national assembly settled at the reduced price after consideration for “the hardships being suffered by Nigerians”. He ...

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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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No Deal; Labour Organisations Turn Down Government’s N120/Litre Offer

Closed-door negotiations between Federal Government and Labour leaders have ended in a stalemate, with labour organisations turning down government’s latest N120/litre offer. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar, speaking to journalists at a protest venue in Abuja that the labour delegation to the meeting Thursday turned down the deal from the government because the mandate of the people is to come down to N65/litre. Speaking on Channels Televsion, the labour leader said “all of us are trying to shift ground and that is why we are having this meeting,” but added that with no conclusion reached and ...

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Talks Between Labour and Federal Government Ends in Deadlock

The labour-led strike action in protest of the fuel subsidy removal and subsequent rise in fuel prices is set to enter its fifth day as yet another meeting between Labour unions and the Federal Government ended in deadlock. Both parties had met yesterday in a session convened by the House Ad-Hoc committee headed by Representative Patrick Ikharaile. The chairman of the committee had expressed hopes that the both parties would reach an understanding. However labour leader, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar, president of the NLC had reiterated the stance of labour and the people, demanding “N65 or nothing”. Nationwide protests started on ...

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Fuel Subsidy: Labour Groups Call on Nigerians to Join Mass Protest

Hours after the PPPRA confirmed the abrupt removal of fuel subsidy, Nigeria’s labour and civil society groups have put the word out calling on disgruntled Nigerians to join a mass protest against the government’s vastly unpopular move. Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Pro-People Civil Groups have, in a joint press statement, said all state councils and unions have been directed to resist any price above N65 per litre and await a date for the commencement of general strikes and mass protests across the country. Peter Esele, President of the Trade Union Congress said they were surprised ...

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