POL. SCIENCE DEP’T HOLDS MAIDEN INT’L CONFERENCE, AS NSHA SPEAKER PLEDGES SUPPORT TO IBBUL

The Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Barrister Abdullahi Bawa Wuse has re-affirmed his readiness to collaborate with his colleagues in the legislative chamber in order to give the necessary support required to make Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai one of the high rating Ivory Towers in the country.

He made this known while speaking as the Special Guest of Honour and Chairman of the occasion during the opening ceremony of maiden International Conference on Elections and Democratic Experiment in Nigeria with the theme: “Nigerian Democratic Space and Electoral Process in the Fourth Republic – A Reflection on 2019 General Elections”, organised by the Department of Political Science of the University.

Barrister Wuse pointed out that no society can develop without according the education sector the right priority, hence the need for the relevant stakeholders, particularly, the proprietor of the University to give IBB University the needed support to enable it realise her envisaged objectives.

The Speaker commended the Department of Political Science of the University for assembling erudite Scholars within and outside the shores of the country to brainstorm on very fundamental topic that is of great concern to both Nigerian Politicians and Political Scientists, with a view to proferring solutions to teething challenges bedeviling the electoral process in the country.

He said, although, Nigeria is still developing in her democratic practice, the electoral experiences over the decades have not been that encouraging.

The Head of the State Legislature, however, assured that hope was not lost, as deliberate efforts were being made by relevant stakeholders to remedy the gloomy Political landscape of the country for a better tommorow.

Barrister Wuse expressed satisfaction with the level of developmental strides recorded at the University by the successive Managements of the Institution and enjoined them to sustain the efforts.

In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare who spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Mohammed Saba Mohammed, underscored the topic of the conference as being apt and relevant, most especially at the time the country was still struggling to make her electoral process a model to other nations of the world.

He charged the conference to come up with practical recommendations that would assist the country to surmount reoccurring electoral challenges that tend to threaten the democratic process.

The Vice-Chancellor applauded the doggedness and commitment of faculty members of Department of Political Science to successfully organise an International conference and assured of Management’s continued support.

Presenting a paper on “Electoral and Democratic Process in Nigeria: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly sides of 2019 General Elections”, the Lead Paper presenter, Professor Habu Mohammed of Department of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano established that the growth and development of Nigeria’s democratic space is highly dependent on the sanctity of the electoral process.

According to him,” Nigeria has a lot justification to become the biggest democracy in the black Africa Continent in particular and developing democracies in general, provided that election stakeholders take ownership of the electoral process as a national liberation struggle”.

Professor Mohammed posited that for electoral process to be independent of INEC, there was the need for a drastic reform.

The Lead paper presenter also opined the need for the establishment of an Election Petition Commission (EPC) in order to reduce the burden of court cases before INEC at every electoral cycle.

Earlier, the Head of Department, Political Science of the University, Professor Victor Kolawole in his remarks pointed out that the choice of the theme of conference was informed by a number of challenges posed during the 2019 general elections and the need for erudite Scholars and Political Scientists to think outside the box for concrete solutions that would mitigate issues that tends to threaten the democratic process of the country.

He welcomed participants to the conference and assured presenters that well researched papers would be published in the the special edition of Lapai International Journal of Politics (LIJOPOL).

Professor Kolawole appreciated the unalloyed support the Department was receiving from the Management.

In a vote of thanks, the Department’s Chairman on Conferences, Dr. Salihu Mohammed Niworu expressed appreciation to high profiled dignitaries that graced the programme and also thanked the the Management for overwhelming support which made the Conference a huge success.

The Management had earlier received in audience, the Speaker Niger State House Assembly, Barrister Abdullahi Bawa Wuse in the Management Committee Room where challenges facing the University were presented to him for his prompt attention.

The Speaker in his response assured the Management of full support and cooperation towards ensuring that issues presented to him are given the required action.

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