ISAAC JOB, UYO
A former Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University , Ondo State, Prof. Femi Mimiko has urged the Federal Government to amend the nation’s Constitution for proper implementation of true federalism to tackle insecurity across the nation.
Prof. Kimiko, while delivering a keynote address in Uyo during the 17th Annual Conference of Fulbright Alumni Association hosted by the University Of Uyo, in AKwa Ibom State, said the Mohamnadu Buhari government can make an apparent difference by adopting the 2014 National Conference Report and the All Progressive Congress (APC) True Federation Report, which according to him were similar but waiting for adoption as a blueprint for National Unity .
Mimiko; a professor of political science said, “The theme of the conference, ‘Equity, Inclusion & Justice As Panacea to Nigeria’s National Security’, was apt in view of the prevailing security challenges facing the nation in recent times .
“Nigeria exists in the permanent state of disfunctionality, we must understand the urgent need for the Federal Government to get the security architecture right before it turns to a failed state”, adding that there were clauses in the Constitution, “Especially in the exclusive list that should be amended to give powers to component units in the federation as a means to tackle poor security situations now bedeviling the country” .
He listed devolution of power to component states and distribution of resources as necessary issues that must be addressed by government to prevent recession, saying, “There must be amendment of the Constitution that will allow the Federal Government to relinquish some of its powers in the interest of the federating units and development to check internal uprising that led to insecurity,'”
He therefore appealed to the Federal Government to adopt the last National Conference Report and the All Progressive Congress (APC) True Federation Report which according to him were similar but waiting for adoption as a blueprint for National Unity .
Also speaking at the ocassion, the Chairman of the conference and Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo during his address of welcome, recalled that Fulbright was established in 1946 and has been nurtured through scholarly works and urged other Alumni Associations to borrow a leaf from their activities which has attracted international funding.
Ndaeyo, however observed that security is very crucial as it applies to all sectors of the economy .
He regretted that schools have been shut down due to insecurity in some parts of the country and appealed to the Federal Government to address the challenge.
He assured that the University of Uyo would continue to support research and conferences especially when it would help to promote academic excellence and good governance.
On his part, the Public Affairs Officer, United States Consulate General, Lagos, Stephen Ibelli disclosed that Fulbright is the flagship in education sponsored by the United States in the last 62 years in Nigeria .
He said that the consulate has sent out 40,000 Fulbright Alumni abroad for life changing experiences and encouraged more people to join for the next batch.
“It is an opportunity to make United States connections including professional and scholarship in the United States” he said
Members of Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria with Public Affairs Officer of United States Consulate Lagos (middle) during 17 Annual Conference in Uyo on Tuesday – photo:Isaac Job, Uyo