Coming from sources, The Nigerian Labour Congress at a press conference a few minutes ago suspended the nationwide strike action and all mass rallies.
Nigerian labour unions suspended protests while on-going a general strike over fuel subsidies in Africa’s top crude producer after President Goodluck Jonathan’s announcement of a gasoline-price cut fell short of their demands.
The protests were suspended “because of security concerns” and fear that “certain elements want to hijack” them, Nigeria Labour Congress President Abdulwaheed Omar said on Lagos-based Channels TV.
The unions will meet again in Abuja, the capital, and probably announce their decision on the strike at 1 p.m., said Trade Union Congress President, Peter Esele.
Jonathan earlier announced a cut in gasoline prices to 97 naira a litre after negotiations with the TUC and the Nigeria Labour Congress ended without agreement yesterday. The main oil union, Pengassan, said it will shut down oil output only as “a last resort” to give more time for talks to end the strike. Gasoline prices more than doubled from 65 naira a litre since the subsidies were abolished on 1st January 2012.
“We’ve only suspended the protests, but asked everyone to sit at home,” Esele said.