‘OCCUPY NIGERIA’: Huge Strike Brewing As President Moves To End Fuel Subsidies.
Posted on January 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM EST
Nigerian lawmakers on Sunday turned against the president’s decision to end government fuel subsidies that kept gasoline prices low, just ahead of a planned labor strike that could paralyze Africa’s most populous nation.
Meeting in an emergency session, Nigeria’s House of Representatives shouted down supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan as they voted for a resolution calling on him to restore subsidies that cost the country about $8 billion a year. But their moves failed to mollify unions organizing the strike set to start Monday.