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Subsidy protest: Jonathan, govs, in secret talks


ABUJA – PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, Friday, met behind closed doors with the 36 state governors as part of ongoing talks on the contentious deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

Also in attendance were the Vice President, Namadi Sambo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

The meeting which also had the Labour Minister, Mr. Emeka Wogu, in attendance was expected to dwell extensively on the threat of strike by labour unions over the deregulation.

The meeting was also meant to discuss the various palliatives being put in place by the Federal Government.

As at the time the meeting started at 9pm, the governors in attendance included those of Anambra, Abia, Benue, Kwara, Kogi, Delta, Cross Rivers, Edo, Niger, Nasarawa, Rivers, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Taraba, Enugu and Adamawa.

Governors of Oyo, Zamfara, Lagos, Jigawa, Borno and Katsina were represented by their deputies.

Vanguard gathered that the governors had earlier met under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.


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