Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Nigeria: no petrol in Lagos ... strike tomorrow

Labour unions have called for a nation-wide strike tomorrow to protest the deregulation of fuel prices -- essentially a price hike.
Although rich in crude, Nigeria refines little of its own petrol and relies on expensive imported fuel, which it subsidizes to keep down the price of a commodity most here regard as a birthright.

... In Lagos, filling station managers told AFP they have not received supplies for 48 hours, because, according to them, fuel marketers "are slowing down on imports in view of the planned strike".
Back in June & July, labour unions organized a 10-day work stoppage which paralysed major cities and forced the government to scale back an earlier fuel price increase.