Globalization and Pest Control: Equipping Nigerian Entomologists for Global Impact.

OGUNWOLU, E.O., AJAYI, F.A. AND NWOSU, L.C.

Nig. J. Ent. 31: 73-91 (2015)

ABSTRACT. Globalization is defined as the integration of economic, political, and cultural systems around the world and it is recognized as a force for economic growth. It is powerfully driven by advances in science and technology, information and communication technology, anthropogenic activities of which the most dynamically expanding in frontiers are commerce, tourism, and humanitarian aids. As a consequence, trans-boundary insect pest species are increasing. We
enumerate the consequences, economic, ecological and environmental impacts of insect pests on a global scale and posit that the competitiveness of the Nigerian Entomologist as a key player in the knowledge economy that drives national and international trade policies and regulations, national, regional, international pest management programmes is still at a very low ebb. To equip the Nigerian Entomologist for global impact requires designing educational programmes to enhance ability to shape, evaluate and implement policies designed to mitigate challenges of globalization; build both research and management capacity; strengthen and make more impactful contributions to national,
regional, and international legal framework on phytosanitation; create and uphold public awareness;
and promote international co-operation. We advocate commencement of an Entomology 1st degree
programme premised on education for knowledge-driven development and entrepreneurship.
Furthermore, the National Executive Council of the Entomological Society of Nigeria is urged to
expedite action on the legal framework required to establish the Nigerian Institute of Entomology for
the regulation and control of the profession.

Keywords: Globalization, Insect pests, Global impact, Economic growth, Phytosanitation, Control.

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