Nigerian oil union issues shutdown deadline

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 massive spike in petrol prices blamed on the government.

“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.

Thanks AlJazeeraEnglish for the video.

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