Nigerians have been urged to determine the right agitations for controlling resources at their disposal in order to develop the nation as well as redefine their existence as individuals.
This call was made at the tenth annual national conference of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo on Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, themed: “Agitation for Secession and Resource Control: Implication for National Development”.
Professor Dapo Asaaju, Vice Chancellor, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo and lead paper presenter at the conference who was represented by Professor Taiye Aluko stated that agitation has been in the bible since the creation of man.
“We have to redefine our existence at the end of this conference in agitating for secession and resource control,” the bishop stated.
He added that change is a programme designed in God, urging the participants not only to rely on the glory and achievements of the past but to chart a course for their future.
The vice chancellor urged the youth to get themselves employed in agriculture as Nigerian soil are fertile in order to survive.
Speaking, Professor Olukoya Ogen, Provost, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo pointed out that the theme of the conference is “suitable at a period when our dear nation, Nigeria is passing through a lot of storm and stress.”
The provost stated that the outcome of the scholarly discourse should be made available to policy makers and the government at all levels for the country to surmount the present threat to her existence.
He noted that the conference would be academically stimulating considering the dimension of agitation for secession and resource control and its implications for national development.
Ogen maintained that “it is far better to learn from other nations’ experience than to learn from own errors especially at this period in our nascent democracy.”
Dr. David Falade, Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences, corroborated the assertion of the provost when he stated that the agitation for restructuring and resource control has become louder these days more than ever in Nigeria history.
He declared that the conference was an opportunity for scholars to deeply find possible solutions to these national problems through rigorous scholarly discourse.
He assured that conference would delve into the multifaceted problems of governance, political and economic restructuring, appropriate type of governance, peoples’ participation, corruption, terrorism, resource control, derivation, environmental pollution, agitation for secession, ethnic and religious conflict among others.
The event featured an award of excellence by the School of Arts and Social Sciences to Engineer Abiodun Fred Adejo, Chairman and Chief Executive of Abeys Farm Limited, Akure, Nigeria.
Present at the event were Principal Officers of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo; Provost, Professor Olukoya Ogen; Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Acting College Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi; and Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul.
Others were: a one-time Carnegie fellow to the College, Professor Bridget Teboh, Professor Anthony Asiwaju, former deputy provosts, Dr. Gboyega Ajayi and Femi Olajuyigbe; Chairman of the opening ceremony of the conference, Chief Siji Akinwande, Deans and Directors in the College.