The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has urged the Federal Government to tap into the wealth of knowledge and researches of scholars for the development of the country.
He also appealed to scholars, governments and the academia to always involve traditional rulers in academic discourse and latest research findings.
The frontline monarch expressed concern about the ecology and the environment to educate the populace.
Oba Adeyemi spoke at this year’s edition of the Nigerian National Merit Award Winners Lecture at Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan (UI) in Oyo State.
The lecture, titled: Refocusing The Attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria on Ecology and The Environment, was delivered by Professor Emeritus Seth Sunday Ajayi, a 2013 recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM).
The event was attended by members of the academic community, traditional rulers, scholars, researchers and students.
Oba Adeyemi, who decried the dearth of a regulated ecosystem in the country, said the situation had impeded the ecological and economic development of the country due to poor management of human activities on natural environment.