Declare state of emergency for peace in South-West – Don tells govs

The Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Prof Tajudeen Akanji, on Friday called on the governors in the South-West to declare state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security to the zone.

Akanji made the appeal as the guest speaker at the 4th Surveyor Lasisi Lasupo Ali Annual Lecture entitled, “Emerging Security Threats, State Stability and Economic Development of South-Western Nigeria,” organised by the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Oyo State.

At the event were the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Muhammed Fadeyi; Chairman on the occasion, Mr Adelodun Olaiya; NIS National President, Mr Alabo Charles and Chairman of NIS, Oyo State, Mr Aderemi Kobiowu.

Akanji said one of the panacea for the problem of insecurity is “for the governors to declare a state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security to the region.”

He pointed out that the drivers of insecurity include globalisation which he said had broken down trade barriers between nations, expansion and integration of economies as well as people.

Akanji called on the Nigerian government to reorganise its security and military formations by introducing state policing as well as addressing poverty and unemployment in the country.

He blamed the high rate of crime in Nigeria on 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.”

Ogundoyin, in his address, said as part of efforts to nip the security challenges in the bud, the state government would 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.

Surveyors in all possible ways, including ways to ensure security in Oyo Sate.”

Olaiya lauded the efforts of the NIS in the state for considering it appropriate to honour Pa L. L. Ali with the annual lecture series, saying the gesture showed the recognition of selfless service and the respect “Baba” had for the profession.

Olaiya, who spoke on behalf of L. L. Ali Family said Ali’s honesty, discipline and virtues, had constituted lasting heritage which brought about the annual lecture in honour of the host.

Charles said the annual lecture in honour of the septuagenarian was the best thing for the man, who had paid his dues not only to the surveying profession but to humanity.
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