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IN compliance with the directive of organised Labour and its allies, Nigerians yesterday took to the streets to protest removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government, which has led to astronomical increase in the price of petrol.
During the action which paralysed socio-economic and educational activities across the country, Labour leaders and members of civil society organisations spoke vociferously against the removal of the subsidy urging the government to reverse it and work out other strategies to take the country out of the woods.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said dialogue remains the best option to resolve the deadlock between it and the labour unions over the implementation of deregulation policy in the downstream oil sector.
It therefore appealed to Labour and its affiliate unions to call off the strike and support governments’ effort to move the country forward.
Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku who stated this while reacting to the protest reiterated government’s commitment to civil liberty and protection of human rights of all Nigerians.