An appeal has gone to the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) Chapter, to partner and work in harmony with the management of the institution for the realization of the College objectives and ultimately for national development.
The Rector of the institution, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe made the passionate appeal during the 2nd International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Humanity (ICSTEH) titled “Technological Applications and Management for Global Security” organized by Yabatech ASUP.
He stated that one major key objective of the College is to design and apply effective teaching, research and learning techniques for academic excellence. “The management is committed to improving capacity development through sponsorship of conference, workshops, seminars and training with the available resources. The College has sponsored 331 staff for various training and conferences within a period of two years. This is in addition to those who have benefited from Tetfund grant. This conference, therefore, is in the same direction with the institution with respect to human capacity building and intellectual stimulation as it is expected, that the conference papers to be presented and the discourse that follows will bring about innovations that will challenge academics,” the Rector explained.
According to him, the theme of the conference is apt and timely. Security is a major challenge globally and particularly to our nation. The ideas to be generated from the conference will serve as the contributions of the sector to the national discourse in this respect. The global security issues ranging from terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, cyber-crimes, kidnapping, environmental degradation etc. Security is a serious issue all over the world. It is my hope that the participants in their discussions will take a hard look at possible solutions for world peace.
“I sincerely thank the organizers of the conference for this commendable initiative, I urge you to do more on a regular basis to ensure that the tempo remains high. With the calibre of the paper that will be presented, I have no doubt that the aftermath reactions will follow the genuine interest of our dear nation. It is my prayer that the outcome and conclusion of the conference will bring about the recommendation that will mitigate our security challenges.
In his opening speech at the conference, ASUP Chairman Yabatech Branch, Engr. Nureni Yekini noted that the symposium is in the interest of ASUP members and the College community. All papers presented in the maiden edition are online, while some of the members used the paper for promotion from one cadre to another, it has also gone a long way to promote visibility of the College globally as searching for information on the internet using any of the keywords of the paper presented at the conference, and that will contribute significantly to webometric ranking of the College Academic staff and the papers presenters.
The guest speaker at the conference, Prof. Amos Oyesoji Aremu of the Department of Guardian and Counseling of the University of Ibadan expressed concern regarding the current security situation in the country, where kidnapping, bombing by Book haram, banditry, armed robbery and cybercrime are the order of the day. He recommended state police; constant surveillance of the environment by security personnel, huge remuneration for police and proper insurance for them, provision of sophisticated ammunition, removal of force from the word Nigeria Police Force and completely adopts the system of American police.