Good governance, reactive security essential for national development – Sen Folarin –
Senator Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), said that good governance and responsive security are essential factors for national development.
Folarin made this claim in a lecture titled: “The Challenges of Governance and Security in Nigeria” at the University of Ibadan Alumni Association 2021 Conference and the Distinguished Alumnus Award in Ibadan.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event featured the inauguration of the Nigeria ICT Center Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), facilitated by the three-term legislator.
Folarin, also chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content, said daily reports clearly showed increasing insecurity in Nigeria.
He said Nigerians must work together as citizens and patriotic leaders to stem the dangerous tide.
“When we put the security of people at the center of governance, there will be peace and stability, and development will follow.
“The history of security and insecurity in Nigeria dates back to the pre-independence period. He has acquired a more frightening presence.
“It was from Maitatsine’s time to the current terror of Boko Haram, and conflicts over occupied lands and territories across the country,” he said.
The chairman of the committee said insecurity ranging from kidnappings, armed robberies to violence and other acts of insurgency was negatively affecting the country.
“There are more children out of school than ever. Terrorist attacks and organized crime kill more people than in previous years.
“There are cases of avoidable clashes between pastoralists and farmers over land and resources. There are agitations for political self-determination in the country.
“All of these are facts, but dangerously familiar.
“Governance will be held hostage where there are serious challenges to the security of people, infrastructure and resources,” Folarin said.
He said good governance is about achieving a greater good for all, with the promise of opportunities for Nigerians.
“The political and intellectual classes have a duty to create and ensure the best opportunities for young people.
“All of this should be aimed at differentiating between our current challenges and a better future envisioned for the nation,” he said.
Folarin said social media, despite its importance in disseminating information quickly and widely, has also exacerbated security concerns as well as governance by spreading fake news.
“New media in the hands of Nigerian patriots can be used to propagate government policies and curb the excesses of bad people in society,” he said.
Speaking on the ICT center, Folarin said the center was one of seven ICT centers facilitated in fiscal year 2020 to ensure that his Senate district is not left out of modern digital technology.
He claimed that one year of internet installation was paid for for immediate use of the facility by students, staff and accredited visitors to the university.
In addition, Professor Babatunde Ekanola, acting vice-chancellor of the university, praised Folarin’s commitment and selfless dedication to public service.
He urged the legislator to remain steadfast in his quest to ensure solid development and peaceful coexistence of the nation through determined representation in the National Assembly.
NAN also reports that Folarin won the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for its qualitative portrayal, outstanding performance, commitment to excellence, and outstanding contributions to community development.
The NCDMB ICT Center located at the MacArthur ICT and Communications Center was inaugurated by Folarin alongside Dr Ginah Ginah, NCDMB Area and Corporate Communications Coordinator, as well as Professor Adewoye Adeyeye.
The event was attended by a member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi (APC-Ona Ara), Chief Bayo Oyero, former Chairman of the Central Council of Ibadan Indegenes (CCII), Professor Elsie Adewoye, Chairman of the ‘Association of UI Alumni, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, Ajia-Balogun from Ibadanland and a host of others.