Professor Banji Akintoye and Chief Gani Adams would join other stakeholders on Friday at a colloquium on national security with particular focus on the South-West geopolitical zone.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the colloquium, which will hold at Western Sun Hotel, Ede, Osun State, is being organised by a group of professionals and business leaders in the South-West.
A statement jointly signed by the co-conveners, Dr Dhikrullah Yagboyaju and Dr Kajogbola Alimi, gave the theme of the colloquium as “Imperatives of national security for development: South-West Nigeria in focus.”
According to the organisers, the colloquium will galvanise different perspectives of stakeholders from the academia, civil society and non-state actors on the way out of the security challenges facing the nation.
“This theme could not have been more apt, considering the serious security challenges facing the nation, with particular focus on the South-West,” the organisers said.
They cited kidnappings, banditry, ritual killings and child abuse as examples of the security challenges facing the country.
“Also, Prof. Olutayo Adesina of the University of Ibadan will bring on board historical perspectives, while Alhaji Adebayo Jimoh, a former Group Managing Director of Oodua Group, will set the tone for the discussion as chairman at the colloquium,” the group said.
The colloquium, according to the group, is aimed at promoting dialogue and informed discourse on salient national issues with a view to stimulating ideas and proffering practical solutions.
The statement added that some eminent Nigerians would also receive merit awards for their contributions to society at the event, organised to mark the group’s 36th anniversary.
Among the awardees are wife of the Osun State Governor, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola, who would be honoured for her pioneering role of singlehandedly repatriating back home a Nigerian family that was stranded in Ukraine.
Other awardees are Chief Modupe Adeleke-Sanni, philanthropist and member of the Governing Council, Adeleke University; Alhaja Latifat Giwa, Commissioner for Governor’s Office, Osun State; and erudite lawyer, Mr Abiodun Layonu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).