The day’s gathering at the Berger Roundabout had leaders of several labour unions present speeches of solidarity stating their resolve to continue anti-government demonstrations until President Goodluck Jonathan reverts the price of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, to N65.
The Nigerian government had on January 1 suddenly announced the total removal of subsidies which led to petrol now selling for between N138 and N250 across the country.
While the federal government has repeatedly said the excess funds would be used to develop infrastructure and revamp Nigeria’s flawed refineries, the hike in fuel prices has led to a rise in commodities, goods and services.
The consequence has been massive sufferings for millions of Nigerians who live on less than $2 a day.
The government’s palliative measures, including providing 1600 buses for 774 local governments in 36 states, have not instilled confidence in the masses who say they have lost confidence in a corrupt and profligate government, not believed to be working in their best interest.
The unionists’ declaration came a day after closed-door negotiations with the government ended in a gridlock; with more talks scheduled for Saturday, January 14.