Nigerian scholars have been asked to use their knowledge in assisting the Federal Government in its effort at tackling the problem of terrorism, kidnapping and climate change.
This charge was given by the Vice-Chancellor of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, Prof. (Mrs) Oluyemisi Obilade, while presenting a keynote address at the 8th Annual Conference of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo held on Tuesday April 19, 2016 in the institution.
Speaking on the theme of the conference entitled: “Terrorism, Kidnapping and Climate Change in the Emergent Nigerian State”, the University administrator observed that while terrorism and kidnapping constitute serious security challenge, Climate change on the other hand, has negative effect on the environment.
While advocating for concerted effort in tackling the challenges posed by them, the TASUED VC advised people against passing of blames on who should be held responsible for their emergence, saying doing so would delay the process of discovering necessary antidote that could be used in tackling them.
She described terrorism, kidnapping and climate change as “triplets” that share similar traits, causes and require same antidotes adding that their emergence was due to people’s penchant for violence, war and aggression.
The TASUED University VC listed what she described as elements of culture of violence to include the application of force by people, practice of authoritarianism, secrecy in official places and use of propaganda.
Others were increase in the procurement of armament, exploitation of the masses as well as the issue of male domination.
“We justified and celebrated the concept of survival of the fittest, the stronger wields his strength over the weaker, the more pains you can inflict on the other person, or the other group determines your relative importance “she remarked.
Harping on the need for good governance, transparency and accountability in governance as against the practice of repressive governance, the University administrator opined that the sufferings of the masses could be ameliorated when people in position of authority make judicious use of the resources available for the betterment of the people.
Alluding to history to buttress her points, Prof. Obilade traced the genesis of kidnapping in Nigeria to the evil consequences of slave trade, ritual activities and collection of ransom from oil companies and wealthy individuals. She described the development as worrisome and opined that the problem could be addressed when citizens of the country resist the temptation of violence and embrace culture of non-violence in resolving their differences.
She, therefore, harped on the need for Nigerian educators in all fields of learning to promote culture of Non-violence and peace through teaching saying the move would help in promoting love unity and peaceful co-existence.
Earlier in his remark, the Provost of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, described the theme of the conference as suitable and timely adding that its focus resonate on the security challenges currently facing the nation.
The Provost congratulated the organizers of the conference and expressed optimism that communiqué that would be issued at the end of it would go a long way in proffering solutions to the government in its effort at addressing the problem of kidnapping, terrorism and climate change in the country.
Also in his address, the Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Ajigbade Ikuejube, stated that the conference aimed at providing opportunities for scholars from various tertiary institutions to exchange ideas and proffer solutions to government on steps that could be taken to address the current security challenges facing the nation.
He expressed appreciation to the College Provost and the Management for their support. Ikuejube equally thanked participants who came from various institutions to attend the conference
The programme held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium which also featured the presentation of welcome addressed by the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Dr. Zaccheus Olupayimo, was attended by principal officers of the College including the Registrar, Mr. Felix Eniola Aderinboye, Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi, staff and students to mention but few.