Nigeria’s main oil union has said it will shut down the country's oil and gas production from Sunday, as part of a national strike over a more than doubling of petrol prices.
“We are herby notifying the Federal Government of Nigeria … that PENGASSAN (The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria) shall be forced to go ahead and apply the bitter option of ordering the systematic shutting down of oil and gas production with effect from … 00:00 hours on Sunday Jan 15,” the union said in a statement.
The protests in Africa’s largest crude producer have put the government under mounting pressure as a nationwide strike entered its fourth day on Thursday.
Hundreds of thousands of people have staged protests in cities across the country, demonstrating against the January 1 removal of fuel subsidies that doubled the price of petrol overnight.
Nigeria exports about two million barrels per day and is a key supplier of crude to the US and the European Union.
An official with one of Nigeria’s main trade unions said they would not negotiate with President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration until it reinstated fuel subsidies, which many people view as their only benefit from the nation’s oil wealth