By Yetunde Oluwatayo,
Nigerians have urged the incoming President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to address the lingering imbroglio between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
They charged Tinubu to ensure that strikes by the university lecturers become things of the past.
A resident of Akure, Mr Omowonuola Samuel, said the main expectation of Nigerians is to see an end to ASUU strike and reduce exorbitant school fees paid across Nigerian schools.
Also, Mr Victor Akinolu said, “The issue of ASUU strike is becoming worrisome. Tinubu should find a solution, and also, selling of handouts should be cancelled.”
Mr Victor said the schools must authorise handouts sold by lecturers, saying lecturers sell materials indiscriminately to students to extort them while the parents bear the brunt.
In her plea to the incoming president, Mrs Esther Olaitan told The Hope she would be more grateful if the new president could reduce school fees and provide employment for graduates.
Mr Olamide Kingsley told The Hope, “Tinubu should take education as his priority.”
If the president can pay the lecturers, there won’t be strike anymore.
A retired civil servant, Mrs Safuratu Ige, begged Tinubu to create jobs, solve frequent ASUU strikes and ensure Nigerian education is aligned with the country’s problems.
“Our school programmes should address our problems. Our children should not just go to school without having problems to solve.
“Tinubu can help address this. Also, universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions should not be going on strike. We must refrain from playing with education if we want to grow,” she pleaded.
Mrs Bose Abodunrin, Mr Ojo Adeoye and others also appealed to Tinubu to make education affordable from primary to tertiary, prevent industrial strikes in schools and create employment opportunities for graduates.