Prof. Adias who was chairman on the occasion noted that the topic for the workshop “Eulogies of War and Media Reportage” is apt especially now that some sections of the nation are drumming war beats.
He expressed confidence on the choice of speakers for the workshop positing that at the end of the seminar, students and staff would be able to understand the negative effects of war in all strata of human endeavour.
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Diri Teilanyo commended the effort of the Head of Department, English and Communication Studies, Dr. Chris Onyema for organizing the workshop.
Prof. Teilanyo noted that his Faculty has been at the forefront of intellectual activities in the University assuring that the tradition will be maintained.
Leading the prolegomena of the workshop, the Head of Department, English and Communication Studies Dr. Chris Onyema said the aim of the seminar was to focalize the strategies for articulating and simulating war time trauma, victimage and eco-devastation as disruptive social and economic narrations in conventional media literary press.
According to him, the Workshop will also interrogate axes of alternative media reportage that will provide counter-legemonic informational content and project the effects of war and violence on humans and environment as a subject fit for urgent global attention.
Dr. Iheka in his paper, considered the slow violence of war, the fact that victims of war transcend the immediate casualties.
He looked at the chemical weapons used in fighting wars and its negative effects on the human and non human population in a war ravaged country and the destroyed ecosystem which contribute to global warming.
Dr. Iheka who noted that war is catastrophic for both the victor and the vanquished said the University has a crucial role to play in sensitizing citizens on the tragedy of war and to advance alternative mechanisms of addressing perceived injustices.
The lecturer however advised youths to be instruments of peace and change rather than being instruments of violence in the hands of political actors.
Also presenting a paper on “Enviromental Conflict, Benefit CaptorBehaviour and New Class Relations in the Niger Delta of Nigeria” the Head of Department, Sociology and Anthropology FUO, Dr. Raimi Lasisi examined environmental conflict in the Niger Delta region which according to him has it’s roots in the exploitation of its natural resources by the ruling class with little or nothing to show for it.
“The consequent degradation of their ecosystem which adversely affects their capacity to eke out a healthy livelihood in addition to long years of infrastructural deficit were the causes of conflict in the region” he said.
Dr. lasisi however posited that instead of providing a fertile ground for conflict actors to be benefactors of huge socio-economic rewards that eventually turn them into conflict bourgeoisies, it is imperative a system of reward is introduced where peaceful communities and individuals who have genuinely struggled for the emancipation of people will benefit from government.
The workshop was the maiden lecture organized by the department and the HOD assured the audience to keep the tempo.