NLC vs Jonathan
Similarly, National President of National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khalil has directed all members of the union to join the nation-wide strike beginning next Monday.
Protest must be peaceful-Oshiomhole
GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, yesterday, reacted to the protest that trailed the hike in pump price of Petrol in Edo state and other parts of the country, saying that it was the right of the people to protest any government policy, but declared that it must be peaceful.
Oshiomhole who acknowledged that the nation was facing serious challenges which according to him would strengthen the nationâ€™s democracy at the end of the day, frowned at the rumour that Northerners have been threatened to leave the state.
NECA urges FG to protect strike breakers
Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, has called on the Federal Government and the security agencies to ensure the safety of Nigerians who choose to exercise their freedom of movement and not participate in the strike called by organized labour from Monday.
Deregulation is necessary for Nigeriaâ€”Jonathan
Protest against removal of fuel subsidy
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said deregulation of the petroleum sector was a necessary change Nigeria must make if government would make significant impact on the lives of citizens.
The Presidentâ€™s declaration came as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Finland, Dr. Erkki Tuomoija, conveyed a message of vote of confidence on the government from the European Union, EU.
Speaking to Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the United Nationsâ€™ Secretary General, at State House, Abuja, Jonathan said the countryâ€™s 2010 capital budget was funded with borrowed money, the equivalent of which was used to fund the subsidy last year, adding that â€œno meaningful infrastructural development is possible in such an environmentâ€.
â€¦.As EU passes vote of confidence on Jonathan
Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Finland, Dr. Erkki Tuomoija, has said his country and most of Europe has confidence in Nigeriaâ€™s economy and political system. Dr. Tuomoija was speaking to President Goodluck Jonathan during an audience at State House, Abuja.
Donâ€™t attack protesters, Amnesty tells FG
The Nigerian authorities must immediately end excessive use of force against protesters, Amnesty International said today after at least one person was killed in Kwara state during protests over fuel price rises.
Witnesses say a student, 23-year-old Muyideen Mustapha, was shot by police attempting to disperse protesters in the state capital of Ilorin on Tuesday. Police officials claim he was stabbed to death by other protesters and say an investigation into the killing has been launched. Police reportedly fired tear gas and beat protesters as demonstrations continued today.
â€œThe police have a duty to protect lives and property and uphold the rule of law. It is therefore completely unacceptable for them to use live ammunition against protesters,â€ said Paule Rigaud, Amnesty Internationalâ€™s Deputy Director for Africa.
â€œThe Nigerian authorities should respect and protect peoplesâ€™ rights to freedom of expression guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution, and should instruct the police force to refrain from shooting at protesters,â€ she said.