BAYO AKAMO , Ibadan
Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Tajudeen Akanji on Friday asked the South West Governors to declare state of emergency on the increasing spate of insecurity in the zone.
Professor Akanji made the call while speaking as guest speaker at the 4th Surveyor Lasisi Lasupo Ali Annual Lecture entitled, “Emerging Security Threats, State Stability and Economic Development of South Western Nigeria”, organized by Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), held in Ibadan.
The Don declared that this became necessary in view of the need to restore peace and security in the zone, adding, one of the panacea to the problem of insecurity which is alien to the region, is “for the governors to declare a state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security to the region.”
The Professor of Peace and Conflict pointed out that the drivers of insecurity include globalization which has broken down trade barriers between nations, expansion and integration of economies as well as people.
Professor Akanji then urged the Nigerian Government to reorganize its security and military formations by introduce state policing and as well address the poverty and unemployment in the country, atributing the high rate of crime in Nigeria to a number of factors including “the state’s incapacity to forecast and address early warning signals on insecurity.
“Most of the challenges we face are results of governance deficit. Although insecurity is a global phenomenon, the difference between communities and states with security issues is their proactiveness and ability to prepare, forecast, project, confront and recover from the security challenges.” he said.
Speaker of Oyo state House of Assembly, Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin in his address, disclosed that as part of the efforts to nip the security challenges in the bud, Oyo State Government will soon unveil a new security architecture.
“We have taken security for granted in Nigeria. I recall that while we were growing up, we could move around freely without any fear. Oyo State House of Assembly is ready to partner with the Nigerian Institution of Surveyor in all possible ways including ways to ensure security in Oyo Sate.”he said.
Chairman of the ocassion, Mr Adelodun Olaiya while speaking commended the efforts of NIS, Oyo State for considering it appropriate to honour Pa L. L. Ali with the Annual Lecture series adding that the gesture shows the recognition of selfless service and respect “Baba” has for the profession.
Mr Olaiya who spoke on behalf of L. L. Ali Family declared that Pa Ali’s honesty, discipline and virtues, have now constituted lasting heritage which brought about the annual lecture in honour of the celebrant, saying,
the annual lecture in honour of the septuagenarian L. L. Ali is the best thing to for the man who has paid his due not only to the surveying profession but to humanity.
Kobiowu said the 98-year old Surveyor L. L. Ali is a legend in the surveying profession because of his uncompromising respect for the ethics of the job in his active days and therefore he is being celebrated with the annual lecture.