The Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Tajudeen Akanji, on Friday called on the governors of the South West region to declare state of emergency on security in order to restore peace in the region.

Akanji who was the guest speaker at the 4th Surveyor Lasisi Lasupo Ali Annual Lecture which was held in Ibadan, 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.

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; National President of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Surveyor Alabo Charles; and Chairman, Oyo State branch of NIS, Surveyor Aderemi Femi Kobiowu among other guests.

Akanji while speaking called on the Nigerian government to reorganize its security and military formations, introduce state policing and as well 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.

Akanji also reiterated the need for the governments in the southwest of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security to the region.

The 2019 edition of Surveyor L. L. Ali Annual Lecture titled: ‘Emerging Security Threats, State Stability and Economic Development of South Western Nigeria.

Akanji explained that, Most of the challenges we face are results of governance deficit.

The don noted that globalization, information technology, erosion of state sovereignty and ever increasing youth population with no meaningful engagement and transnational criminal networks and regional environment which allows crimes and criminality to permeate from one aspect of a region to another.

The don said despite its benefits, the globalization has its own attendant vulnerabilities which include shocks, disruptions and uncertainties which if happen anywhere, will affect everybody everywhere.

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