Worried by the spate of security challenges in the country, particularly kidnapping, A professor of Palynology and Palaeoecology, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Olugbenga Ige says Palynology can offer a helping hand in stemming down this national malaise.
Professor Ige preferred the solution while delivering the 11th Inaugural lecture of the University, entitled, Wanted! Dead and Alive: Palynomorphs as Microscopic Signal to the Past and Present.
Palynology is the scientific discipline concerned with the study of plant pollen, spores, and certain microscopic planktonic organisms, in both living and fossil form.
Ige said forensic Palynology can be used to identify the den of kidnappers by subjecting materials from released victims to pollen analysis.
He therefore called on the government and security agencies to as a matter of urgency, look at modalities of establishing such laboratories in tertiary institutions as Adekunle Ajasin University, would be ready to pioneer such investigation.
To stem down agitation and militancy in the Niger Delta area of the country, Prof. Ige said the clearing of Ogoni land started by the Federal Government should be intensified.
He said should be followed with the re-vegetation of the area by the government and the oil companies operating in the area in order to return the vegetation that has existed before the advent of exploration and exploitation activities over 50 years ago in Oloibiri well.
While highlighting other importance of Palynology, the erudite scholar posited that through Palynology, the present economic recession in the country can be ameliorated as a lot of income can be made from large scale, commercial production of honey, enough to improve the country’s foreign exchange earnings.