Jonathan, Sambo, Okonjo-Iweala meet labour leaders

12 January 2012, Sweetcrude, ABUJA – Labour leaders entered their first talks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday since a four-day-old nationwide strike began and after oil workers vowed to shut down crude production.

More than a dozen labour leaders entered talks with Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Senate President David Mark and seven state governors.

They did not comment upon entering the meeting, which included the heads of the two major Nigerian labour confederations, the NLC and TUC.

The strike and protests this week have been over soaring fuel prices resulting from a government policy which ended fuel subsidies on January 1.

Oil workers vowed earlier in the day to begin shutting down production of Africa’s top crude exporter on Sunday, piling intense pressure on the government ahead of the talks.

While the strike this week has paralysed the country and brought hundreds of thousands of people out into the streets in protest, oil workers have so far not moved to halt production of crude — the country’s economic lifeblood.

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  • Nigeria is a very big and good country but one thing that concerns me most is the masses that goes on day by day transport to their various places of work, and because of fuel subsidy removal we are all finding it too difficult to go to work so if i were the government i will take it easy with the masses of which the majority them are the poor which do not even have any activities running but they are still affected because even food has to be conveyed before reaching them.

    • In my opinion, I think Obasanjo tried. Now I don’t know if he did all he could have done or not but in a way, he tried plus he had a team that where ehteir scared of him or truly love to make a difference.I will not be able to address the issue of corruption because I cannot confirm anything and I do not have facts to back myself up.I think the problem with most Nigerians is that ‘we’ were hoping that he will change things miraculously and we will all live happily ever after. Maybe He made his mistakes but who doesn’t?I think it is high time we started seeing the building of the nation as a general effort…Maybe…just maybe if we start in our homes, it’ll affect our neighbourhoods and from there to our cities…Naija o ba’je o.PS: Thanks for stopping over at my spot… You’ll see me around here more often.