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Nigeria’s organised labour to continue strike action Monday

14 January 2012, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Describing the expected action as “Mother of all strikes,” Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, urged Nigerians, Friday, to prepare for a prolonged strike if the government does not reverse the pump price to N65 per litre.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and its sister union, the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Unions (NUPENG) plan to shut down operations in the Nigerian upstream and downstream oil sectors, including export terminals, on Sunday if the government refuses to revert the pump price of petrol to N65 per litre.

At a briefing in Lagos, PENGASSAN President, Babatunde Ogun, said, among other implications, Nigeria would default in its contractual obligations to the international community as there would be no crude and gas supplies.

This, according to him, would cripple telecommunications, power and healthcare delivery to Nigerians and the country will not meet its crude production quota for the next six months.

The Nigeria government had on Thursday night at a meeting with Labour insisted on full deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry. But, Labour insisted that government must reverse the pump price of petrol to N65 per litre.

The two parties are expected to resume talks today after the deadlock on Thursday, and labour leaders say the outcome of today’s session will define the next stage of the strike.

At the end of protests on Friday, Labour declared today (Saturday) and Sunday rest days to enable protesters refresh and get ready for a prolonged strike from Monday.

Speaking at a three-hour labour rally on Friday, at Julius Berger Roundabout in Abuja, the NLC President insisted that “there is no retreat, no surrender on the demand for N65 pump price.”

He also asked Nigerians to prepare for the “Mother of all strikes” should government fail to reverse the pump price to N65 per litre.

The NLC President debunked the insinuations that labour leaders have compromised.

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  • Nigerian labour congress(NLC) should reconsider their position an make sure that the interest of the ordinary Nigerian is not compromise. Because to me the strike is like adding salt into wound and yet it is not affecting the rich who are there in goverment rather it is the poor that are still suffering. There is an addage that says when too elephant fight the grasses suffder.so for the interest of the common man an our country Nigeria NLC should call off the strike an let us give Jounathan a chance. NEJI DENNIS O. from Akani Ibiam Fefral polytechnic Unwana-Afikpo

  • Midship ANUMA CHRIS OTUH.

    Pls, NLC should pls call of the strike for peace to rain in Nigeria. Nigerian good people great nation, i love nigerian.

  • Midship ANUMA CHRIS OTUH.

    Pls, NLC should pls call of the strike for peace to rain in Nigeria. Nigerian good people great nation,

  • Midship ANUMA CHRIS OTUH.

    Pls, NLC should pls call of the strike for peace to rain in Nigeria.

  • NLC pls call off the strike and stop being unnecessary stubborn! its the common man that is sufferin and not u and the govt! if u claim to love this our great country nigeria u’ll call i̲̅t off!

  • OKECHI J ELVIS

    OUR LEADERS THINK THAT WE ARE FOOLS,THEY SAT THERE SPEND OUR MONEY,THEY DONT FEEL THE PAIN OF COMMON MAN IN NIGERIA, ALL OUR LEADERS NEED TO BE KILLED AND LET HAUE A NEW FACE OF NEW LEADERS THAT WILL LEAD NIGERIA TO A OUR PROMISE LAND, ALL OUR LEADERS ARE POLITCAL RUBBERS ALL SUPPOSE TO ROT IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, COWARDS AND FOOLS GOD WILL REMEBER THEM ONE DAY

  • OKECHI J ELVIS

    SEEMS THEY WANT TO KILL THIS COUNTRY PLS NLC LET HELP THEM TO CRASH THE COUNTRY PLS GOD BLESS U ALL NLC ITS 65 OR NEVER

  • Nnorom francis

    NLC FIRE DOWN i dey una back,no retreat no surrender….na we must win dis war….

  • Ibrahim Aliyu

    Fellow Nigerian the subsidy removal is good but for now is bad. What I am trying to say in essence is that over 80% of Nigerian will suffer seriously during this process. Let the Government and his best team come up with the best possible way to bail out the common Man without directly/indirectly passing through a big Man. God bless Nigeria and his people.

  • Bishop

    Let the will of God be done in this nation. The bad eggs wil go for the new eggs to be concieved. Nigeria will never crash. Pray 4jonathan, he needs the counsel of jehovah. God wil surely compensate nigeria

  • Daniel okoli

    To The house and our goverment . This oil subcidy is not good to be high this jany . Jan is hard to start pls All of us are loesing. How much does nigeria loeses just 4 a week .Y cant govt reduce it to 65. Even if u want to add the price of the oil from 65 to what ever u wil l but not at jan . Pls my lord Dr Goodluk jonathan in my own understand i think that #97 is too much for us .pls u suld do someting about it.

  • Okoli Daniel

    Labour we poor masses can do in nigera with out u .pls u people suld try to reconcider with the govt for peace to rain

  • okans ralph

    The NLC should call off this strike action because it’s taking us nowhere. How can Omar be happy saying that this week’s strike will be affecting electricity, the health sector and the rest! This are very vital areas in the social life of the average nigerian. Am tire of staying at home oh!