2019: Don’t leave politics to riff-raff - Don urges academics, technocrats

2019: Don’t leave politics to riff-raff - Don urges academics, technocrats

- A renowned scholar, Professor Siyan Oyeweso, called for the participation of more academics and technocrats in politics

- He said people in academics should embrace politics and not abandon it to less-qualified and less-competent people

- On the rising spate of insecurity in the country, the professor of history called for the introduction of state police to curb the trend

A renowned scholar, Professor Siyan Oyeweso, on Sunday, January 13, in Lagos called for the participation of more academics and technocrats in politics to ensure rapid development of the nation.

Oyeweso, an African Democratic Congress (ADC) House of Representatives candidate for Ede/Egbedore/Ejigbo constituency, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was ready to utilize his scholarship to impact the society.

He said: “If we want to impact on the society, we cannot leave politics solely to those people who refer to themselves as ‘professional politicians.

“We are academics, we are also technocrats; it is possible for us to intervene, to save Nigeria, to make meaningful contributions to society.''

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Oyeweso, a former dean of faculty of arts, Lagos State University (LASU), said: “We should embrace politics and not abandon it to less-qualified and less-competent people.

“Academics and professionals should embrace practical politics if there must be any positive change in Nigeria.’’

He explained that, if given the mandate, he would engender robust debates to attract development to his constituency which had a huge infrastructure deficit.

The executive director of Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) also said that he had carried out several empowerment programmes for youths, women and children in Ede Federal Constituency.

On the rising spate of insecurity in the country, the professor of history called for the introduction of state police to curb the trend.

According to him, state police becomes necessary because indigenes will do better at identifying criminal elements among them.

He explained that the current policing structure was too large to tackle crime and criminality effectively, hence the need for the federal police to act as coordinator for state police units.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to depend on students and lecturers for the upcoming general elections.

Deji Omole, chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan (UI), made this known in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, on Thursday, January 3.

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