The 5th in the series of the Benson Idahosa University inaugural lecture entitled, “The Anatomy of Nigeria Federalism and the Physiological Imperatives for Sustainable Development” was recently delivered by a renowned scholar and Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration from the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Professor Andrew O. Oronsaye. The anatomy of the Nigerian Federalism and the Physiological Imperative for Sustainable Development x-rays the structure or form of the Nigerian Federal System of Government.
In his submission, the lecturer noted that the main obstacles militating against the sustainable development of the Nigerian Federalism are not simply institutional and structural but most importantly, attitudinal. He went on to emphasis the need to develop critical institutions, processes, attitudes and symbols that would enable Nigerians and their leaders cherish and embrace the ‘federal spirit’ by thinking federally and ‘behaving’ federally. Speaking on the need for the Nigerian political/ruling class to imbibe or internalize the component of federalism which is manifested in integrity, honesty, commitment to selfless service to the fatherland, transparency, accountability and respect for the rule of law, Prof. Oronsaye noted that ‘political affiliations should be ideologically driven’.
The event was chaired by Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie, a distinguished Professor of Growth Biology/Biochemistry from Michigan State University, USA. Prof. Izevbigie is also a Fellow of the United State Academy of Inventors (FNAI) and currently serving as the 5th substantive Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University.
Meanwhile, a Public Lecture titled; “Resolving the Devaluation Puzzle in the Nigerian Economy” was delivered by Prof. Eghosa Osagie prior to the inaugural lecture. He noted that continued devaluation of the naira is not the key to resolving the nation’s economic problems, as it has invariable worsened the external balance. The university don however called on the Federal Government to shun agitation for the devaluation of the naira which according to him, has been the biggest mistake since 1986.
Prof. Osagie was the first substantive Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University and he is currently in the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Department of Economics, Banking and Finance.