Ogbomoso - Residents and traders in Ogbomoso on Monday continued to count their losses from the prolonged the ASUU strike.
Some residents in Ogbomoso town where Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)is situated, complained to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) about the adverse effects of the prolonged strike on their businesses.
They said that the strike, apart from affecting the students nationwide, had also badly affected their businesses.
Yinka Ajewole, a trader told NAN that her business was badly affected by the strike action, adding that her customers were drawn from the students’ populace.
“My market is not moving at all. The goods are just there without buyers and this is because the students are not around.”
“I hardly make a quarter of what I make when the school was on,” she said.
Saheed Hassan, a motorcycle (Okada) rider said that everything had been difficult since the strike started.
“This Okada business was better when the students are around. Now it is very hard and the income is very low,” he said.
However, some of the residents, who have their children in the university, urged government to resolve the issue with ASUU for their children to return to school.
They urged government to see the students as the future leaders who needed to be well groomed for future challenges.
Ridwan Adeyemi, one of the residents and a parent described the ongoing strike as 'insensitivity' of government and the lecturers to the future of the students.
Adeyemi urged government to always make agreements that could be fulfilled.
The residents further called on the government and the striking lecturers to come to a compromise in the interest of the students and the nation at large.