The Federal government has been advised to give more attention to the development of science and technology, in its effort at tackling current security challenges facing the country.
The advice was given recently at the 2015 annual National conference of the School of Science, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, held on Tuesday November 10 in the institution.
Speaking on a topic entitled: “Sustaining A Diversified Economy and Combating National Security Challenges through Science and Technology Education”, a Consultant Reservoir Engineer, Dr. Saka Matemilola, described economy and National security as two different issues that are intricately linked.
He gave graphic account of armed conflicts that occurred in the country between 2006 and 2004 as well as record of violent crimes from year 2007 and 2011.
While expressing sadness over the development, Matemilola said except urgent step is taken to address the problem, it could have negative effect on the well being of the people and scare willing investors away from the country.
He listed various crimes committed daily in the country to include stealing, robbery, murder, assault sex offences as well as abduction and arson stating that their occurrences has brought negative consequences and deprived the country of economic benefits.
While noting the prospect achieved by the country in recent time especially the estimation of its Gross Domestic product to the tune of $500 billion, the oil and Gas expert, however, expressed worry that this achievement, has yet translate to improvement in the country’s prosperity and lives of its citizens.
As a way of addressing myriads of problems confronting the nation especially the one concerning insecurity, Dr. Saka, also an Associate Professor at the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, advised the Federal Government to invest more in Science and Technology, saying the development would lead to the growth of every sector of the economy and bring a boost to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He also stated that Science and Technology education is critical in the development of key industries contributing to growth of the economy in sectors which include agriculture, energy, telecommunication, manufacturing and finance.
As panacea to addressing the current security challenges facing the country in crimes which include robbery, terrorism, cybercrime and to enhance personal safety, the University don, stressed the need for government at all level to embrace innovation and deploy the use of state-of-the-Art technology in its daily operation.
He explained that the effective use of the technological devices could be achieved through capacity building in Science and Technology Education.
On the issue of diversified economy, its sustenance and how to combat the current security challenges, Dr. Matemilola, advocated for improved funding of Science and technology education and provision of needed facilities that would enhance and promote effective learning in tertiary institutions across the country.
Also speaking on the same topic, the duo of Professor Samuel Oluwole Salokun, Professor of Sports Psychology and Health Education, Department of Physical and Health Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife and Dr. Samuel Oluseyi Oyekan, from the Department of Special Education, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, stressed the need for a review of curriculum at all levels of education as well and the adoption of scientific approach in teaching and learning process.
According to Dr. Oyekan, he stated that the use of scientific approach would enable the country to produce responsible leaders that are required for achieving sustainable development and integration of the citizens with national objectives.
Earlier in his address, the Provost of ACE, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, described the theme of the conference as apt, noting that its outcome would be of immense value to academic development and enhancement of the country’s growth.
Underscoring the importance of Science and Technology in societal development, the College helmsman, said every society wishing to enhance its development especially in the global arena currently being dominated by ICT revolution must give attention to its development.
Also in his address of welcome, the Dean, School of Science, Dr. Folorunso Balogun, said the conference was organised in order to brainstorm and proffer solutions to current security challenges facing the nation.
He lauded the College Management under the leadership of Prof. Olukoya Ogen and Members of the Local Organising Committee of the conference for promoting and publicizing it in the media.
The programme held at Obongawon Lecture theatre featured musical interlude and presentation awards to some eminent Nigerians including the Proprietor and pro-Chancellor, Achievers, University, Owo, Ondo State, Hon. (Barr.) Dr. Bode Ayorinde; Dr. Richard Olufolahan Adesoji, Deputy Director of Hospital services, Ondo State Ministry of Health as well as some members of the association who distinguished themselves in the service of the body.
The occasion was attended by all the Principal Officers of the College including the Registrar, Mr. Felix Eniola Aderinboye; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Olaniyi Abdul; Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi, as well as staff and students.