Prof Adedeji Daramola, professor of nomadic architecture and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, urged the federal government to visit the report of the research conducted at the Centre for Architectural Research and Development Overseas (CARDO), Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Under the supervision of Prof Olorunfemi, his doctoral dissertation, which was submitted to the Department of Geography at the University of Ilorin, examined the factors to be considered to ensure the peaceful coexistence of cultivators and herders in Nigeria.
In addition, he stated that the report foresaw the current difficulties as a result of inadequate situational management. He designated Ungoverned Space as one of the most significant obstacles to finding nationwide solutions to banditry. Professor of nomadic architecture emphasized that meaningful resolutions cannot be reached without the mutual involvement of farmers and herdsmen as stakeholders. He stated that the federal government needs a solution to the economic crisis.
Prof. Daramola, a consultant for the United Nations Habitat, identified the adoption of insurance policies for farmers and livestock in India, Ethiopia, and Kenya. He concluded that the crisis is salvageable if the Federal and State Governments adopt the necessary steps and actions.
Dr. Rufai previously stated that the conflict has been made to appear elitist when, in reality, it is a cultural factor.
The conference was held at the University of Ilorin with the theme ‘Cattle Beyond Crisis: Interrogating the Cattle Resource in Nigeria’ Keynote speaker Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, a former vice chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University, stated that there is an urgent need to address the recurrent conflicts in Nigeria due to their economic consequences.
Mr. Babajide Otitoju, Group Head, News and Public Affairs and Journalist Hangout at TVC Television, was among the other speakers at the event. He identified ranching as one of the globally acceptable standards of contemporary pastoralism. Dr. Murtala Ahmed Rufai of Sokoto’s Usman Dan Fodio University identified the numerous obstacles to a speedy resolution of the crisis. He urged the new government to demonstrate strong political determination to end the conflict. Prof. Wahab Egbeyemi SAN, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, deemed the theme of the conference to be appropriate and exhorted the conference to critically address the issue. Prof. Paul Ifabiyi, host of the conference and dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, designated the resolution of the farmers-herders conflict as a national priority. He enumerated the national losses sustained due to the violence.
Representatives of Miyetti Allah and the wife of the Kwara State governor, Ambassador Dr. Olufolake Abdurasaq, represented by Alhaja Abibat Seidu, the permanent Secretary of the Kwara State Ministry of Tertiary Education, attended the event. Prof. Usman Raheem, chairman of the conference, expressed delight at the contributors’ positive responses and pledged to publish the conference’s findings for the benefit of Nigeria and the international community.
In a similar vein, Caleb University became the first private university in Nigeria to host the National Association of Architecture Students (NAAS) after its students were elected to the positions of President and other executive positions. These newly elected National Association of Architecture Student executive members will manage the organization’s affairs. Justice EGWABOR is the president, Ayomikun LAWAL is the general secretary, Mohammed FOFANA is the treasurer, Dieko AWOYINFA is the public relations officer, and Dominion OLOFU is the financial secretary.
Justice EGWABOR, president of the National Association of Architecture Students, stated, “It is both humbling and exciting to comprehend the association’s long history and her objectives. It is a defining occasion for me as a student at a private university and for all architecture schools. It is also evidence that we can alter the status quo regardless of regional or political boundaries, so long as we have a defined objective and focus.”
He added, “For Caleb University to accomplish this, it didn’t start today, and it wasn’t a fluke. Caleb Architectural students have participated in the national affairs of the National Association of Architecture Students (NAAS) for a number of years in order to contribute our share to the growth of the National Association. Our institution has a well-organized and coordinated branch known as the Caleb University Association of Architecture Students (CUASA), which has a very strong tradition for excellence, creativity, and excellent leadership, which we have imbibed through our leadership training. This provides the leverage, environment, and foundation necessary to host NAAS and architecture students from across the nation. As we manage the national secretariat at our institution, it is our aim and desire to contribute to the expansion of the association, which will allow us to positively transform it.”