Psychologists advocate social justice as a condition of stability,

Psychology Experts from the National Congress and the Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Psychological Association (NPA) have championed social justice as a prerequisite for the country’s stability and national development.

Stakeholders also proposed injecting psychology into the Nigerian security architecture to find a lasting solution to the country’s human, educational, economic, social and infrastructural decline.

This was proposed at a recent conference held at Aderemi Makanjuola Hall, Lagos State University, Main Campus, Ojo, Lagos on the theme: “Psychology, Security and Sustainable Development”.

The program, which provided a platform for the cross-fertilization of ideas, hosted guest speakers from the NPA, state government and security experts, who offered solutions to security challenges facing the country. is confronted.

The President of the Pan African Psychological Union, Professor Andrew Zamani, said in his speech, “Psychological scientists must be allowed to thrive in military warfare, intelligence-based policing, forensic investigation , psychological assessments, counter-terrorism operations and children”. and youth development. We must be allowed to play the role we are called to play for the sake of the development of the nation and the unborn children,” he said.

The Chairman of the NPA, Prof. Olukayode Afolabi, while delivering his article, reviewed the security challenges facing the nation, how psychologically deficient Nigeria has become as a nation and possible ways through the psychology to help find solutions to these problems.

“There is an urgent need to involve psychologists in the recruitment, selection, training, deployment, placement, retraining, promotion, retirement and disengagement of our security personnel.”

He added that there was an urgent call to the state and the National Assembly to quickly forward the psychology bill to the president for approval.

LASU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, represented by Deputy Vice-President Prof. Adenike Boyo, praised the event organizers for coming up with the program theme, saying she believed in the end of the three-day program that there would be a viable solution to some of the security issues facing the nation, and also that the conference would be of immense benefit to the psychology professionals at the university.

She said: “Without understanding how people think and behave, we cannot understand how to secure them or overcome their propensity for evil. And without securing our nation, we cannot talk about sustainable development.

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Olufunsho Omobitan, and Acting Head, Department of Psychology, Prof. Adewuyi Deborah, affirmed that the faculty had the privilege of hosting the conference and there was no doubt that the deliberations made at the conference would have an impact in solving the problems of the society.

One of the highlights of the event was the awarding of Honorary Research Fellowships to deserving individuals who have contributed immensely to the study of psychology and whose efforts and support have brought about great developments.

The NPA Congress was attended by the Speaker of the Lagos State Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by Olusegun Akande, and presented a paper titled “National Security and Sustainability”; Education Commissioner, Ms Folasade Adefisayo, represented by Dr Grace Abimbola; Inspector General of Police Alkali Baba Usman, represented by ACP Afegbai Igbafe; the NSCDC General Commander, Dr Ahmed Audi, represented by Dr Olufeso; and the Lagos State Comptroller of Corrections, Mr. Oduntan Olukoya.

In a similar development, the Nigerian Psychological Association has awarded an honorary fellowship award to LASU VC, Prof. Olatunji-Bello. The scholarship award was presented to him during the opening ceremony of the 2022 NPA Congress.

The NPA president said Professor Olatunji-Bello was honored for her contributions to the study of psychology at the university and in the nation as a whole.

Olukayode praised the VC for giving special attention to the psychology department of the university, with the construction of a psychology laboratory, the best in the country.

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