February 6, 2024

Economic crunch: University students demand urgent action from Tinubu

…Wants mitigation of hardship on citizens

By Adesina Wahab

As Nigerians in all walks of life are groaning under serious economic hardship, university students under the aegis of the National Association of University Students, NAUS, have called on President Bola Tinubu to take urgent steps to mitigate the suffering of the citizens.

The association, in a statement on Tuesday by the Deputy Senate President, Comrade Alade Abayomi, said the deplorable condition most Nigerians are living now has become a source of concern for the body.

The situation, the association added, demands urgent and quick steps to redress it before things would get out of hand.

In their open letter to the President, NAUS said, “As the leaders of Nigerian university students, it is important we write to you today to urgently address the pressing issue of the hardship faced by Nigerians due to the high cost of living and other socio-economic challenges.

“It is with deep concern that we bring to your attention the widespread suffering being 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, including food, housing, healthcare, and transportation, has placed an unbearable burden on the shoulders of ordinary Nigerians and is affecting the educational system too. Many are struggling to afford even the most basic necessities, while others are forced to make difficult choices between feeding their families and meeting other critical needs.

“In the light of these dire circumstances, we implore the federal government to take immediate and decisive actions to alleviate the suffering of Nigerian students and citizens. It is imperative that concrete steps be taken to cushion the impact of the high cost of living and provide relief to those most affected by economic hardship.

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

“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 government 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 before we, the Nigerian students, leave our various schools and houses and hit the streets till our voices are heard. “