December 2, 2021

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Why we established Centre for Security and Legal Studies- Uni Abuja VC

Why we established Centre for Security and Legal Studies- Uni Abuja VC

Why we established Centre for Security and Legal Studies- Uni Abuja VC

“No doubt the military is putting in its best in this regard but the academia needs to be up and doing in contributing its quota to this fight through research and development.
By Cecilia Ijuo
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Pro. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, says the gap in use of non-kinetic approach to tackling insecurity in Nigeria prompted establishment of the Centre for Security and Legal Studies.
Na’Allah said this on Tuesday in Abuja, at the inauguration of the centre and maiden symposium with the theme, “Kinetic and Non-Kinetic Application in the Fight against Insurgency. “
The vice chancellor stressed that the centre would offer courses that would be directly beneficial to the country in terms of security.
He said while the use of kinetic approach by the military has played a big role in tackling insecurity, much more would be achieved if credence was given to non-kinetic approach, which involved research and development.
He pointed out that “the university is central to the development of any nation and today one of the major challenges we are faced with is security.
“No doubt the military is putting in its best in this regard but the academia needs to be up and doing in contributing its quota to this fight through research and development.
“This is because the 21st century security challenges cannot be tackled only the barrels of the gun.
“Gadgets of war may play a little part but high level intelligence is needed.
“So, what this centre is trying to do is bring research into focus with regards to security,” he said.
Na’Allah called on other tertiary institutions to think in the same direction as the University of Abuja,  to collectively  tackle insecurity in Nigeria.
“It is time our nation realises that the solution to many of our challenges lies with the tertiary institutions, particularly the universities.
“Even the ministries that ought to complement the effort if the universities in terms of research are no where to be found.
“It is so disheartening that the various ministries both at the state and federal levels do not set money aside for research and development.
“Any economy that wants meaningful development ought to set money aside for research institutions to compete in finding solutions to problems,” he said.
The vice chancellor assured that the University of Abuja was ready to lead and work with relevant organisations in finding solution to the country’s problems, particularly insecurity.
The Keynote Speaker at the event, Abubakar Suleiman said Nigeria was facing serious threat to its peace and security.
While commending  efforts of all stakeholders in  finding solution to the problem, Suleiman said research and development was  critical.
“Security is not military force, though it may involve it, security is not traditional military activity, though it encompasses it, security is not military hardware, though it may include it. Security is development and without development, there can be no security.
“It has been realised that raw military power alone cannot defeat the insurgents and other criminal elements.
“Today, stakeholders and  government itself are beginning to appreciate the value of the non-kinetic approach to the fight against terrorism and insurgency and has taken several steps to deploy more aspects of this strategy.
“It is expected that in view of the many successes being achieved, government will intensify  effort in furthering the benefits of the non-kinetic approach in this fight against insecurity in the country,” he said.
The Director, Centre for Security and Legal Studies, Dr Arinze Abuah, said the centre was established to provide cutting edge degree and non degree programmes for aspiring candidates.
He said programmes were carefully designed to cover the fields of legal and security concerns  suitable for working class professionals.
According to him, the programmes are also designed for candidates to obtain higher degree without disrupting their existing job functions.
“The centre has two academic units, security studies and legal studies.
“Our mission is to provide high impact programmes of studies, discussion and research that will birth implementable, sustainable and replicable solutions and ideas to address existing and emerging security and legal issues within appropriate legal frameworks.
“For a start, we are rolling out six academic programmes which are mix of Masters and post graduate diplomas that include Criminology and Security Sudies, Legal Studies as well as Human Rights and Social Justice,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the occasion was attended by representatives from the military and paramilitary agencies as well as other stakeholders.(NAN)