It was flood of encomiums by the University Management, Faculty, family members, friends and Students as the Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies, IBB University, Lapai organised an International Conference on “Language, Literature, and Communication for Sustainable Peace in Africa”, in honour of Late Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya.

Speaking while declaring the Conference open at the Auditorium of the Main Campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Mohammed Saba Mohammed, extolled the virtues of late Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya, describing him as an invaluable resource to IBB University.

He said Professor Tswanya who was until his death, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in the University was an outstanding scholar and dependable administrative leader that was always ready to accept and discharge the responsibilities of his office most diligently and credibly.

Professor Maiturare commended the Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies for organising an International Conference in honour of Professor Tswanya with a theme on topical issues of peace and security that are posing serious challenges to the development of African continent.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that internal security in many Africa countries has been significantly undercut by violent activities of some disgruntled individuals and groups or sects bearing arms against nation-states.

Professor Maiturare stated that it was unfortunate that the military approaches towards solving the problems have not been very successful.

He, therefore, called on relevant stakeholders in Africa continent, particularly in Nigeria to rise up in order to frontally confront these monsters that are capable of crippling the black continent and Nigeria to back and dark ages.

The Vice-chancellor was optimistic that the Conference would serve as a suitable forum for intellectuals to discuss issues relating to language, literature, human rights, gender, religion and mass media in relation to sustainable peace in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

Presenting the Keynote address at the Conference, Professor Solomon Gbenga Ibileye of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State underscored the pivotal role language plays in the attainment of sustainable development goals.

He opined that Language and Communication were not merely about providing accurate and meaningful information relating to sustainability and raising awareness but also for establishing societal transformation, national and international reorientation on the basis of the normative goals of sustainable development; especially in the face of terrorism and other peace-threatening incidences across Africa.

Professor Ibileye who spoke through Dr James Udaa recognised English Language as an indispensable tool for national and international unity, integration and global communication.

The Keynote speaker pointed out that English Language and Literature apart of Arabic and French remained the language that tells that story of Africa continent in its glamour and irresistible status.

He posited that for peace to thrive in Africa, all other African languages would have to admire English in unison as the language which unites the divisions across the Continent.

Earlier, the Dean, Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies, IBB University who was also the Conference Convener, Professor Apegba KER described late Professor Tswanya as amiable and hardworking scholar who gave all he had for the development of the Faculty and IBB University.

He appreciated the donation of Professor Tswanya’s books to the Faculty and University at large by his family, assuring to make efficient use of the books for the promotion of scholarly works in the Faculty.

He disclosed that the Conference was organised to appreciate the enormous contributions of Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya towards the establishment of Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies in the University and for laying a quality academic tradition in the Faculty.

Professor KER said Nigeria and Africa in particular is being challenged by serious security issues, which require lasting solutions that could be provided by scholars.

He enjoined the participants at the conference to make their intellectual contributions towards finding solutions to sustainable peace in Africa and Nigeria as a nation

In her vote of thanks, Head of Department, English Language, Dr. (Mrs.) Margaret Agu expressed appreciation for the support and encouragement received by the University Management which greatly assisted in the success of hosting the conference.

She also appreciated the presence of late Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya’s family at the conference and thanked all guests that added colour to the conference.

Highlights of the opening ceremony of the conference were public presentation of a book titled: “New Explorations in Applied Linguistics and Literature – A Festschrift for Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya”, edited by Dr. Ebenezer Oluseun Ogungbe and Dr. Margaret Nonyerem Agu and reviewed by Professor Sule Emmanuel Egya all of Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies, IBB University, Lapai. A short drama was also performed by the National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies ( NASELS), IBB University Chapter.

Professor Umaru Pate of Bayero University, Kano delivered the lead paper presentation and was accordingly followed by presentations during the parallel sessions.



Adamu Yusuf

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