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Nigeria fuel strike: protests suspended

By on January 13, 2012

Nigeria’s trade unions have suspended protests and some strikes for two days to allow more talks with officials.

The announcement comes on the fifth day of a general strike over the removal of a fuel subsidy, which has caused fuel prices and transport fares to double.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets, while several people have died in clashes with police.

A union official told the BBC the government had offered to reintroduce a small subsidy at talks on Thursday.

Nigeria Labour Congress chairman Abdul Waheed Omar said this would mean petrol would now cost 120 naira ($0.74; £0.49) a litre, down from the new price of 140 naira but still far higher than the former price of 65 naira.

He said this offer would now be put to NLC members.

Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said the government had “put an offer on the table” during “very encouraging” talks.

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