By Adejumo Kabir
The Faculty of Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife hosted the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu today during the annual Distinguished Guest Lecture series at Oduduwa Hall of the University.
The lecture had in attendance the Vice chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, Heads of the 8 Departments in the Faculty of Arts and students of the institution.
Dean of the Faculty, Professor Gbemisola Adeoti said as seekers and peddlers of knowledge in humanities, the task of the faculty is to generate ideas and regularly generate platforms towards evolving a better society.
“As we all sit back to enjoy the guest lecture, I am convinced that the governor will provide pertinent insight into Nigeria past, present and future as a colonial creation that is still in a permanent state of becoming united nation”, Adeoti said.
The Guest Lecturer, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu who spoke on the topic titled: “Beyond Recession: Rethinking The Nigerian Federation” said it is so disheartening that anxiety have come to dominate discourses among global leaders at every opportunity.
Governor Akeredolu emphasized that there is a need for a new nation where equity and justice shall be the guiding principles of coexistence.
He said the most pragmatic solution to the economic crisis finds expression is the spirited move by the society concerned to engage the poor in productive activities such as agriculture and public work.
But as simple as the position appears according to the governor, there may be other factors which may act as impediment to economic development.
“All those who advance theories of nation building seem to concentrate on politics and how it affects their fortunes. Major players in the game, which has resulted in this unfortunate situation, pontificate openly on how the country should be structured. Every politician who feels shortchanged in the business of politics has joined the debate on the future of the country”
He further buttressed that the current agitation for self determination by some resurgent groups should be seen as a necessary consequence of certain omission or commissions of both past and present leaders in the country.
“We must concentrate on building a country which produces what it consumes. We must believe in ourselves and work as a people to succeed”, Akeredolu said.