As part of their routine lectures, members of the academic staff of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences held the 6th edition of their lecture series on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at the faculty hall.

The three presentations which were tagged; Towards a Viable Local Government System in Nigeria, Youth Participation in Rural Development Programme and Influence of Women Literacy & Quality of Basic Education on Antenatal Care Utilisation were delivered by Mr. Felix Chukwu (GST Unit), Rev. Fr. Anthony Adebayo (Sociology Department) and Mr. Blessing I. Babalola respectively.

Mr. Felix, who spoke on the relevance of local government as a tier of government, emphasized the need to bring governance closer to the people which, according to him, would foster rapid rural development. He described the overall objective of the paper as one that sought ways of repositioning local government systems at the grass root level.

He identified undue interference by both the federal and state governments, challenges associated with allocation and equi t abl e di s t r ibut ion of r evenue and misrepresentation of local government interests as some of the factors that have bedeviled and hindered sustainable

local government system in Nigeria. He, however, submitted that constitutional provisions guiding the operations of local governments in Nigeria could be strengthened through vigorous amendment to reflect their functions, powers and management.

He recommended that INEC should take over the election of local government functionaries from the state electoral bodies as a panacea to the problems bedeviling this arm of government.

The second paper delivered by Rev. Anthony Adebayo pointed out the increasing need of youth participation in agriculture which he described as catalyst for national development. The clergy, who doubles as a lecturer, further described agriculture as a financially rewarding venture which could also serve as one of the remedies for the ever–growing youth unemployment. He stated that agriculture could help reduce wide-spread poverty, and stressed the need for agricultural practices to be made lucrative so as to elicit active youth participation in helping to meet the world food need. Rev. Adebayo made recommendations that government should embark on educational and campaign awareness in agriculture, provide adequate training, ensure timely fertilizer availability, improved seedlings, land security as well as sustained budgetary provisions for mechanized agricultural practices. He also suggested that government should mandate banks and other corporate organizations, through legislation, to set aside a percentage of their profit for agriculture and rural development. Imbibing these recommendations according to Rev. Adebayo would help foster a virile national cum rural development.

Mr. Blessing Babalola spoke on the essence of antenatal care services utilization through women’s repeated exposure to quality basic education practices. He disclosed that his findings had revealed that women only made use of antenatal care based on their recognition of its importance.

He stressed the need for more sensitization, adding that improvement in education on current sexual related health issues would impart largely on antenatal care utilization.

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Prof. R. O. Bakare, in rounding off the event appreciated all faculty members who had availed themselves of the opportunity of attending the seminar. Some prominent faculty members present included Chairman of Seminar series, Dr. B.O Adeseye (representing the Chairman of Faculty Seminar Committee, Dr. Alexander Eze), Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Omolayo, Head, GST Unit, Dr. Rufus Akindola and Dr. W. A. Oyedokun who moderated activities.