13th November, 2014
The Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State has decided to keep the intellectual discourse going, as she holds an international conference.
The 3-day programme, with the theme “One Hundred Years of Nigerian Nationhood: Governance, Foreign Policy and Developemnt” commenced on Monday, 10 November at the University Conference Centre and also had in attendance the Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Bamitale Omole, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, OAU, Pro. Salami Ayobami, the founder of Leed City University, Prof. Jide Owoeye, lecturers from the Department of International Relations, students and other dignitaries from various parts of the country.
P.M.NEWS Campus Square learnt that the conference was mooted by the current Head of International Relations Department, Dr. R.I Ako-nai with the support of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bamitale Omole, who is also from the department and the lecturers from the department.
Our correspondent at the conference gathered that the event was a thought-provoking one. Academics in the field of International Relations submitted papers and write-ups revolving around the theme of the conference.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Omole expressed his happiness to be part of the intellectual discourse and view it as an important milestone that would enhance the development of Nigeria.
“This is a great development in the Department of International Relations and the nation at large. The last time this kind of gathering was held in this department was in 2007.
“I am happy the HOD, Dr Ako-nai revamped it and we will ensure it becomes an annual event. Am also delighted to be part of this intellectual discourse, I hope this will enhance better development in our country.
“My administration as the Vice Chancellor of this university is also committed to having great conferences like this, which will be aimed at improving the foreign policy of this country,” he said.
Prof. Jide Owoeye, the Founder Leed City University, Ibadan, gave the Keynote address at the conference. He is also an alumnus of International Relations Department, OAU, Ile-Ife.
In a brief interview with a 300 level student of International Relations Department, Amubiaya Charles, he expressed his profound gratitude to the department for organizing the conference, adding that it was informative and educative.
“It was a great privilege to be part of this programme. It serves as a platform to understand more about things that are not well discussed in class.
“This conference also made me understand that being in a university is more than reading and attending classes. It also has to do with being part of intellectual discourse like this. I really thank the organisers,” he said.