Oil Union Threatens to Stop Production in Nigeria
(LAGOS, Nigeria) — Nigeria’s largest oil union met with President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday to discuss resolving the removal of the fuel subsidy which has sparked protests nationwide and in the Diaspora.
On Jan. 1 Nigeria ended a fuel subsidy, doubling gas prices from about $1.70 a gallon to $3.50 a gallon causing a ripple effect in a nation where an average citizen survives on less than $2 a day.
The Nigeria Labor Congress had threatened to stop oil production on Sunday if the government did not reinstate the fuel subsidy.
Protests, dubbed Occupy Nigeria, drew hundreds of thousands in the most populous nation. Solidarity protests have been held in London, Washington D.C., Ghana and Atlanta. In New York, a protest was held in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street, where protestors marched to the Nigeria Consulate.
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