The Nigerian government has slashed fuel prices after a nationwide strike paralyzed the country last week.
President Goodluck Jonathan made the announcement Monday. Minutes later, the federal government ordered all civil servants to report to work, or risk losing their jobs.
It was not immediately clear whether labor unions would continue the strikes. Union leaders had earlier said they would resume protests Monday.
Throngs of protesters have taken to the streets to demand government accountability and a return of fuel subsidies that ended on January 1, a move that doubled gas prices and sent the costs of other goods skyrocketing.
Scattered protests escalated into a national strike that started a week ago, paralyzing the nation of more than 160 million people.
Talks between labor unions and the government ended without a compromise late Sunday night, despite the president's participation.
Last week, a major oil union, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, had threatened to halt production in solidarity with protesters if the two sides didn't reach an agreement.
A move to halt production would reverberate on the global market. Nigeria is the world's eighth-largest crude exporter.
Demonstrations started as an outcry against the removal of fuel subsidies and grew into anger against government corruption. Nigerians consider the subsidies one of the few benefits of living in an oil-producing nation that has little infrastructure, high unemployment and intermittent electricity.
The protests - dubbed "Occupy Nigeria" - have galvanized the continent's most populous nation.FULL STORY