THE Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress (TUC) may on January 9 commence series of national strike actions in protest against the recent withdrawal of fuel subsidy in the country.
The labour unions threatened to launch indefinite strikes next week if the government does not revert to the N65 per litre petrol price.
“After exhaustive deliberations and consultations with all sections of the populace, the NLC, TUC and their pro-people allies demand that the presidency immediately reverses fuel prices to 65 naira,” a statement signed by the heads of the two unions said.
“If the government fails to do so, they direct that indefinite general strikes, mass rallies and street protests be held across the country with effect from Monday, 9th January, 2012.”
The NLC and TUC, had held meetings earlier in the day to work out strategy.
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FOR the second day running, Nigerians opposed to the removal of subsidy on petrol took to the streets across the country, meeting with mixed ‘reception’ in the hands of security agencies.
While the protests were peaceful in the main, a man in his mid-20s was killed yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State where protesters put up bonfires on several roads in the state capital, chanting anti-deregulation slogans.
However, the protest turned violent at the Post Office junction at about 10:30 a.m. when the protesters were tear-gassed by armed security agents, causing pandemonium and forcing businesses to close up for the day.
It was also gathered that there were sporadic shootings by the law enforcement agents, who came to the scene apparently to discourage the protesters from going towards the Government House Area, along Ahmadu Bello Way, Ilorin.
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