- Nigerians have picked education as the sector that needs government attention the most
- Education was followed by security as 44% poll respondent believed insecurity is a big issue that needs tackling
- Electricity and economy followed with 36% and 32% respectively as areas starving of government attention
As Nigeria concluded the presidential and National Assembly elections, NOIPolls has revealed areas Nigerians said they need the government to focus on for the next 12 months.
Out of the four core areas Nigerians really want government intervention, education came top with 49%, followed by security (44%), electricity supply (36%), and economy which ranked last with 32%, NOIPolls reports.
The reason why Nigerians thought education is a priority may not be unconnected with the fact that the tertiary institutions have always been burdened with persistent strikes due to low funding which is below 8% of the national budget, and horrible welfare.
It should be recalled that the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) recently called off his months-long strike after it reached an agreement with the federal government.
It is no surprise also that security would come second on the list of areas that need prompt attention as the country has been battling with insurgency especially in the northeast where the International Organisation on Migration (IOM) recently said has been experiencing cases of malnourished children and increased activity of internally displaced people.
The crisis between herdsmen and local farmers over the right to rustle and land ownership may have also been one of the reasons why Nigerians want an urgent intervention on security.
Electricity came third with 36% as the country has always battled with lack of power even when the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the nation’s grid peaked at 7,000 megawatts.
The economy of the country also has not fared that well as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which said it only grew by 1.81%.
A further analysis by NOIPolls also revealed that while improvement on education and security was more demanded by those in the northeast, Nigerians from the south-south took developing electricity as a pressing issue.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government recorded an increase of 1,811.3 megawatts (MW) in power generation in January 2019, as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) transmitted 127,157.7mw as against 125,346.4mw in December 2018.
The daily statistics of TCN operations also showed that Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO), a section of the TCN, indicated that 127,157.7mw was generated between Tuesday, January, 1 and January 31, 2019.
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