The Chairman, University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Professor Olufemi Adegbesan has on Tuesday said that the ‘2019 Town Talk Lecture’ motive was to assist the Nigeria Police Force in enlightening the society on the challenges of policing and how the society can assist in upgrading the protection system in the country.
The lecture which was delivered at the University of Ibadan by the twentieth Inspector General of Police, Mohammed A. Adamu through the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Research and Training was with the theme "Security and Protection system: The Challenge of Policing in Nigeria".
In his statements, Professor Adegbesan said “I agreed that the lecture delivered by the IGP is pertinent issues that should be looked into in order to upgrade the security architecture and reduce the rate of insecurity in the country through the joint effort of the Nigerian Police and the society".
He stated that the conception of the town lecture led by him was with the motive to assist the Nigeria Police Force to enlighten the society on the challenges of policing in Nigeria and to see how the society can assist in upgrading the protection system in the country.
“I learnt a lot from the lecture such as the underfunding of the police force as revealed by the IGP when he compared the income of an average Nigerian Police officer with a Kenyan Police officer” he said.
Meanwhile, Professor Adegbesan who shows concerns about proposed Nigerian Police Trust Fund bill said, "I am happy there is a proposed Nigerian Police Trust Fund bill which is awaiting the assent of the President before being passed into law in order to enhance better security in Nigeria if the fund is not mismanaged".
He noted that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) agitated for the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to fund the Nigerian universities during the regime of the former Nigerian president, Ibrahim Babangida and it has helped a lot while the government should do more to better the education system.
He however expressed his happiness over the success of the lecture as he hoped that it will aid in combating insecurity challenges in the country.
The lecture had in attendance the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu who was ably represented by the DIG in charge of Research and Training, Peter Babatunde Ogunyanwo; AIG, Leye Oyebade, Oyo Commissioner of Police, Shina T. Olukolu; UI Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka ably represented by the DVC Academics, Prof. Adebola Ekanola; President UIAA Worldwide, Prof. Elsie Adewoye; Chairman UI Alumni Chapter, Prof. Olufemi Adegbesan; VP Ezedingbo worldwide, Dr. Eze Alex, Mr. Ibidapo Sanusi of fire service; Prof. Remi-Raji Oyelade; Engr. Dr. Sarah Akintola; people in the academia; police officers; students among others.
The DIG, Peter Babatunde was inducted into the Alumni of the University of Ibadan at the event.