A Professor of Communication Studies, Lai Oso, has recommended massive investment in reformative education to address the spiralling insecurity in the country.
Speaking on the sidelines of the award given to him and other lecturers of the 1995 set of Association of Mass Communication Students (AMACOS “95), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, over the weekend, Oso, who lectures at the Lagos State University (LASU), attributed the initial festering of the Boko Haram and abduction of students in public schools to lack of proper education.
“Precarious and complicated as the security situation in the country is, reformative education can still be used to arrest the situation.
“Those who have access to those who hold the country by the jugular, in the abduction of students from secondary schools in the northern part of the country, should educate the perpetrators on the need for peace,” Oso said.
At the award night where Oso and former lecturers who taught AMACOS 95, Bidemi Osunbiyi and Matthew Ogunsiji were recognised as part of the activities to mark their 25th graduation anniversary, Oso added: “No parent will want to send his or her wards to school in such a precarious situation.”
He contended that the situation would worsen the already poor enrolment in the affected areas.
Oso, who was impressed with the AMACOS 95 alumni, promised on behalf of the recipient that they would put resources together to improve infrastructure in the polytechnic.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Waheed Odusile, lamented the lack of interest by students in pursuing journalism as a career.
He hinged his observation on the paltry number of practitioners of journalism among the 1995 alumni of the institution.
“As the National President of the NUJ before this state assignment beckoned, we took census of practising registered journalists in the country, we were not up to 50,000. The number hovers around 40,000 plus. This is not commensurate to the nation’s population of over 200 million people,” he said.
He reckoned that the nation needs trained journalists more than ever before in the face of the emergence of citizen-journalist where every android phone carrier is a journalist.
Acting Rector of the institution, Dr. Adeoye Odedeji, urged other alumni to emulate the 1995 set, describing the refurbishment of the departmental library as a welcome development.
SOURCE: THE NATION