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UNILAG To Host 2015 NASA Conference

Posted: Oct 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Department of Sociology, University of Lagos (UNILAG), will host the 2015 edition of the National Conference of the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Practitioners Association (NASA).

The conference with the theme: Democracy, Livelihoods and Social Order” is scheduled to hold between November Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th, 2015 at the Afe-Babalola Auditorium of the university.

Addressing newsmen at a press briefing to announce programmes and activities for the  two-day conference, NASA President, Professor Ifeanyi Onyeonuora, disclosed that the theme of the conference was deliberate to address issues that had negatively affected the practice of democracy in the country.

According to him, “Democracy has been acclaimed as the most beneficial, reliable and sustainable form of government in contemporary global community.

“However, after several decades  of democratic experiments and more specifically 15 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria with  a high profile of economic growth, majority of its citizens remain socially and economically insecure,” he added.

He said the challenging curiosity of where and how successive governments and leaders in the country got democracy wrong were part of the issues that would be discussed and provided with solutions at the conference to be hosted by the Sociology Department of the institution.

Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Professor Ndukaeze Nwabuaeze, stated that the conference would address some of the challenges through sub-themes like; ideological and theoretical issues in democracy, democracy and livelihoods, gender issues in democracy and likelihoods and industrial and employment issues in democracy, conflict mitigation in democracy,  among others.

Among the keynote Speakers expected at the conference are: Professor Bayo Olukoshi, Director, African Institute for Development and Planning, Senegal and Former Executive Secretary, CODESRIA. And Professor Olabisi Aina, Director, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, Ekiti State University and Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.