From MUSLIUDEEN ADEBAYO, Ibadan

THE Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Tajudeen Akanji has called on the Governors in the South West region; Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Rotimi Akreredolu (Ondo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) to declare state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security in the region.

Akanji made this declaration recently while speaking as Guest Speaker at the 4th Surveyor Lasisi Lasupo Ali Annual Lecture entitled, “Emerging Security to Threats, State Stability and Economic Development of South Western Nigeria”, organized by Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), which was held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

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

Akanji while speaking said that one of the panacea to the problem of insecurity which is said 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.”

Akanji who indicated that the drivers of insecurity include globalization which he said has broken down trade barriers between nations, expansion and integration of economies as well as people, also called on the Nigerian government to reorganize its security and military formations by introducing state policing and as well  as address the poverty and unemployment in the country.

He blamed 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 are their proactiveness and ability to prepare, forecast, project, confront and recover from the security challenges.”

Charles in his address said the annual lecture in honour of the septuagenarian L. L. Ali is the best thing to do for the man who has paid his due not only to the surveying profession but to humanity.

Kobiowu earlier in his welcome address said the 98-year old Surveyor L. L. Ali is a connosus 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.

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