Political Scientists are Relevant in Nation Building
The Department of Political Science and International Relations of Covenant University is said to have good prospects of becoming the nexus between security and nation building in Nigeria.
This was the view of the Guest Speaker, Colonel Wilson Ijide (Rtd) Ph.D, penultimate Friday, while presenting his paper titled, “Security for Nation Building in Nigeria: The Relevance of Political Science Programme”, at the Town and Gown Interaction organised by the department.
Colonel Ijide who is a senior faculty at the Department of Psychology of the University of Ibadan, also expressed belief that the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Political Science and International Relations are capable of making quality contributions to nation building.
The guest speaker examined the concept of security, nation building and political science programmes and concluded that given the daunting challenges which insecurity poses to nation building in Nigeria, there was need for constant review of policies and strategies that could ensure the safety of citizens and national assets, hence the relevance of political science and other related disciplines.
“In light of the ongoing insurgency in the North East, no one should be left in doubt that there is a gap between the level of security that is required and what exists presently. Gaps between Nigeria’s Defence Policy and Security Strategy need the attention of political scientists.
“I believe that students of the respective disciplines at Covenant University are blessed with a wonderful opportunity, to make their contributions to nation building as the time is now,” he explained.
He commended the Department of Political Science for the choice of topic for the Town and Gown, which he said, could have come at no better time than now, when Nigeria is facing one of its most daunting security challenges namely, the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeastern part of the country.
The Head of Department, Dr. Jide Ibietan, earlier in his remarks noted that the Town & Gown interaction was introduced by the University Management to bridge the gap between the University and society and expressed confidence that the guest speaker would do justice to the topic.
Also present at the programme were the Sub-Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies (CLDS), Professor Biodun Gesinde, Professor Daniel Gberevbie, the immediate past HOD, Dr. Duruji Moses, Dr. Felix Chidozie and other faculty, staff and students of the department.