Nigerian varsity students demand govt tackle their hardship urgently

Students in Nigerian universities, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian University Students (NAUS), have demanded urgent action from the Federal Government on ways to reduce the hardship being faced by students and other citizens of the country due to the high cost of living.

In a statement signed by the Deputy Senate President of NAUS, Comrade Alade Abayomi,  the students noted that: “It is with deep concern that we bring to your attention the widespread suffering experienced by countless Nigerians across the nation. 

“The current economic situation, marked by inflation, unemployment, and a general decline in living standards, has created immense difficulties for families and individuals trying to make ends meet.

“The escalating cost of essential commodities, such as food, housing, healthcare and transportation, has placed an unbearable burden on the shoulders of ordinary Nigerians and affecting the educational system too. 

The Statement further read: “We urge the government to consider measures of Implementing targeted subsidies or price controls on education, transportation and essential goods to make them more affordable for the average Nigerian. Introducing social welfare programmes to assist vulnerable populations, including low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.”

The students also offered the following suggestions to the Federal Government: “Investing in infrastructure development to improve access to basic services such as electricity, water, and transportation, thereby reducing the cost of living. 

“Creating employment opportunities through initiatives such as job training programmes, vocational education, and support for small and medium-sized enterprises. 

“Strengthening anti-corruption efforts and promoting transparency and accountability in governance to ensure that resources are used efficiently and effectively for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“We urge you to heed this call for action and work tirelessly to implement measures that will bring relief to Nigerian students and the whole citizens. 

SOURCE: NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

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