Researchers are still brainstorming on ways of curbing the growing rate of divorce in Africa and also advocating for increased foreign investment in the region.
Two Senior Lecturers of the Federal University Otuoke are strong voices in this movement as they received commendation for their paper presentations at the International Conference on Business and Economic Development (ICBED) in New-York, USA.
The duo are Head of Political Science and Strategic Studies Programme FUO, Dr. Love Obiani Arugu who presented a paper on “Social Indicators and Effects of Marriage Divorce in African Societies” and Dr. Cletus .O. Akenbor of Department of Accounting and Finance who spoke on “Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in a Democratic Society: The Nigerian Experience.
Dr. Arugu in her study which involves theoretical exposition of social indicators and effect of marriage divorce in African societies, posited that in traditional African society, marriage divorce was seldom permitted.
“Today, marriage divorce is a growing social ill in our societies” she lamented.
The University lecturer highlighted some of the factors that cause divorce as childlessness, adultery, alcoholism, adverse influence of in-laws, religious affiliation and educational attainment.
She noted that these factors cause crisis for family members and lead to loss of intimate relationships, recommending that couples should avoid and circumvent all the factors responsible for marriage divorce in the society.
Dr.Arugu while speaking with FUO Media team disclosed that the conference was educating as it has added to existing knowledge and has further promoted the image of FUOinternationally.
In his own presentation, Dr. Cletus Akenbor who spoke on “Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in a Democratic Society: The Nigeria Experience” x-rayed the relationship between foreign direct investment and its various determinants in a democratic society.
According to him, the study was achieved through a review of both theoretical and empirical literature and the use of panel data study.
Findings from the study according to Dr. Akenbor revealed that market size, natural assets, domestic credit and population of the country have positive effect onits foreign direct investment.
The University Don, however recommended that the Nigerian government should provide necessary incentives for investment and production activities to thrive, noting that creating an enabling environment will also help substantial growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Nation.
In another development, Head Political Science and Strategic Studies Programme who attended a seminar on organic rice farming organized by a Malaysian based University.
According to her “I went to tap from their knowledge and bring it to FUO, the University can also collaborate with the Malaysian University to improve on agriculture”.
She pointed out the need to diversify the Nation’s economy rather than rely on oil, noting that if organic farming is well harnessed, it will create jobs for the army of unemployed Nigerians.