Nigerian workers fight rising prices


This video about Nigeria is called The Case Against Shell: ‘The Hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa Showed the True Cost of Oil’.

Nigeria is one of the world’s major oil producing countries.

The enormous riches of oil production go to foreign Big Oil corporations, like Shell and Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, and to a few corrupt Nigerian generals, businessmen and politicians.

While many Nigerians suffer from pollution caused by the oil corporations, and from the Big Oil-sponsored death squads suppressing people’s unrest about that.

One of very few ways in which many Nigerians did profit at least somewhat from oil production in their own country has been, so far, availibility of oil products at government-subsidized prices.

However, daily News Line in Britain reports:

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

‘A TOTAL DECLARATION OF WAR’ – Nigerian unions slam doubling of fuel price

THE Nigerian trade unions have called for a mass mobilisation of ‘strikes, street demonstrations and mass protests across the country’ in response to the Nigerian government’s withdrawal of a fuel price subsidy.

The president of the union has said that the removal of the subsidy amounts to a ‘total declaration of war’ against the Nigerian working class and poor masses, because petrol prices have more than doubled.

Nigerian workers are even more angry because petrol price hikes will in turn force up the cost of all basic essential goods.

Nigeria’s two main labour organisations, the Trades Union Congress and the Nigerian Labour Congress, issued a joint statement which said: ‘We alert the populace to begin immediate mobilisation towards the D-Day for the commencement of strikes, street demonstrations and mass protests across the country.

‘This promises to be a long-drawn battle; we know it is beginning, but we do not know its end or when it will end.

‘We are confident the Nigerian people will triumph.’

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency on Saturday in areas that were hit by bomb blasts, allegedly carried out by Islamists.

The unions, in their statement, issued a warning to the Nigerian president: ‘We also put the Jonathan Presidency and its surrogates on notice that we shall ensure that they are prosecuted up to the International Criminal Court if they, by acts of commission or omission, spill the blood of any Nigerian over the protests that follow their inhuman acts against the people.’

The President General of TUC, Peter Esele, said that the latest development was ‘a stab in the back’ by the Federal Government.

He explained that the action of government was a ‘total declaration of war’ on the ‘poor masses who are being punished by an inefficient system that is anchored on a few corrupt oil thieves who are major sponsors and backers of government.

‘The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) rejects without reservation the reported removal of petroleum subsidy by the Federal Government as announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) executive secretary Reginald Stanley, which ushered in an anti-people-based price of N141 per litre.

‘This is unacceptable to us and to the Nigerian masses who have been ambushed by a government they expressly gave a popular mandate to represent them some few months back.’

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and Nigerians regard cheap fuel as the only benefit they get from the nation’s oil wealth.

Prices have increased from 65 naira ($0.40; £0.26) per litre to at least 140 naira in filling stations and from 100 naira to at least 200 on the black market.

Nigerian workers are heavy users of fuel, not just for cars but to power generators that many households and businesses must have.

See also here.

BP seeks spill costs from Halliburton. Court filing seeks ‘all costs and damages incurred by BP related to the Deepwater Horizon incident and resulting spill’ in case against contractor: here.

6 thoughts on “Nigerian workers fight rising prices

  1. Petrol price rise fuels protests

    NIGERIA: Protesters stopped petrol station owners from selling fuel today in a bid to thwart the government’s removal of a subsidy that saw prices double overnight.

    A rapidly growing group of demonstrators went from petrol station to station, telling owners not to sell at the new prices of about 60p a litre.

    The government said it would save the country over £5 billion which could be invested in infrastructure projects.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/113681

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  5. British man gets probation in KBR bribery scheme

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    HOUSTON — A British man has been sentenced to probation for helping a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary steer massive bribes to Nigerian officials to win more than $6 billion in construction contracts.

    Wojciech Chodan was sentenced Wednesday in Houston federal court to one year of unsupervised probation and fined $20,000.

    In a plea agreement, Chodan admitted that from 1994 through 2004 he helped Houston-based KBR bribe the Nigerian government in order to obtain contracts for liquefied natural gas facilities.

    Chodan faced up to five years in prison for one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He pleaded guilty in December 2010.

    Two others who also pleaded guilty in the bribery scheme — ex-KBR CEO Albert “Jack” Stanley and a British lawyer — are to be sentenced Thursday.

    (Copyright ©2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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