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2023: Students express hope, calls for better welfare – Pegars News

2023: Students express hope, calls for better welfare – Pegars News

2022 was a troublesome 12 months for college students in public tertiary establishments in Nigeria. They’ve been confronted with fairly a quantity of points, ranging from the ASUU strike, dangerous electrical energy provide, improve in the price of foodstuffs and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LGP), amongst others. 

Recall that public establishments have been shut for 8 months final 12 months after the Academic Staff Union of Universities embarked on a nationwide strike to press residence its calls for for improved funding for universities, a evaluation of salaries for lecturers, amongst different points. Students have been pressured to keep in their homes, with their companies crushed and the educational 12 months prolonged. 

These points have negatively impacted college students, and they hope that 2023 comes with a distinct and optimistic ambiance. 

Students hope for a better 2023

Mohammed Taoheed, a scholar of Usmanu Danfodiyyo University, Sokoto State, stated for college students to survive in 2023, meals gadgets, price of gadgets, and price of primary facilities be lowered and made accessible. 

“As the hike in the fuel price began, most drivers increased the fees to pay to board their buses. It doesn’t help someone like me, but I’m not the only one, who lives in the Southwest but had to travel to my school in Sokoto State. Imagine a lot of poor students could not come to school on time, this affects their academic pursuits. Bad electricity supply also affected my academics. In 2023, the inadequate availability of these poses a threat to survival as a student in the country.” he stated.

A change in the nation’s management would make 2023 better, Muhammed Bello Buhari, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, stated whereas additionally urging the authorities to guarantee that plans are put in place for college students in the coming 12 months to keep away from them dropping out of college.

“It is unhappy that whereas there is an erratic energy provide regardless of the failed privatization course of, the solely various means of particular person era of energy, petrol, is not accessible. The double disaster has significantly affected the prices of manufacturing, consequently rising the prices of nearly all the pieces at a time when our foreign money is at its ebb.

“As a student, it has affected many of us in many ways because the normal price we bought before has now increased with some extra charges because of the hike in the price of fuel. And this is coming when we’re still reeling from the pains of the ASUU strike and now there is a hike in fuel prices and virtually the cost of everything. Needless to say, electricity is also considered not only a major determinant of economic development but a catalyst for students’ welfare and academic performance.” he stated 

Oyolola Olamide from Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba (AAUA) needs the authorities to prioritize electrical energy in 2023.

“The petrol price, bad electricity supply, ASUU, and increase in transport fares, all these are what affected me and many other students. I hope they can find a means to make sure that every school has a good electricity supply, that is one of the major needs of students, if our gadgets are not working, we can’t learn effectively,” he stated.

Seyi Lasisi, a scholar at Olabisi Onabanjo University, opined that not so much is probably to change for Nigerian college students in the coming 12 months. He expressed fears over the risk of strikes by Academic unions, increments in home rents, and tuition charges. 

“Students are Nigerians and what this means is that whatever economical or social issues that face Nigerians will definitely affect students. But, as students, we face the brunt more. Because quite a number of us depend on our parents for survival. There were certainly days of hunger strikes and truancy because there is no money to pay for transport fares. Next year is just a few days away and the election is fast approaching. To be honest, I don’t share in the sentiment and hope that next year will usher in something different for Nigerian students. The possibility of strike abounds, increment of school fees and increment of house rents by landlords are some of the possible expectations for next year.” Seyi stated.

Polytechnic college students have additionally had a share in all of this. Ajisafe Ibukun from Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic needs this authorities to focus extra on monetary and entrepreneurial help for college students, which will assist them be taught successfully with out monetary difficulties.“We had so many students who have financial troubles, the government should focus more on providing more financial schemes for students that would aid learning and help them study with ease. Student entrepreneurs need to be supported too, students’ welfare is important and should be made a priority.” Ajisafe stated.

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