Nigerian unions suspend fuel strike but warn of re-match

Nigeria’s unions suspended their general strike and gave President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government two weeks to find a way to cut rising fuel prices, the country’s top labour leader said. “We have resolved now to suspend the strike for two weeks,” Adams Oshiomhole, president of the umbrella union, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), told reporters following a four-day strike by his supporters. “We are hoping that within these two weeks the immediate issue of price reversal will have been resolved, otherwise our coalition will meet to fix a date … to resume the strike,” he said. On September 23, Nigerian petrol prices jumped by around 25 percent to 55 naira (40 cents) per litre, the latest in a series of hikes since Obasanjo decided in October last year to deregulate fuel sales and halt subsidies. Full Story

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