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Babatunde Ogun, president of one major union representing oil workers, said Wednesday his group planned to escalate their strike.

“It means in the short term, there will be no export of (natural) gas, there will be no power,” Ogun said. “Everything will be at a standstill.”

The strike has closed Lagos’ busy Apapa Port, cutting off cargo shipments. Businesses remain shuttered, while air carriers canceled more international flights. Organizers say the strike will continue until the government restores the subsidies.

Gambrell reported from Lagos. Associated Press writers Yinka Ibukun in Lagos, Nigeria and Bashir Adigun in Abuja, Nigeria also contributed to this report.