Governors in the South West Region of Nigeria have joined forces to
tackle socio-economic problems confronting the six states and militating
against development even as they tackle recession by leveraging on
comparative advantages in the zone.
Hosted by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, other governors of
Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States came together for the first
time without recourse to political or ideological differences.
In his address of welcome, Governor Ajimobi, hinted that they intended
to come out of the forum with a new pedestal hinged on regional
integration as a tool for fighting low economic competitiveness, food
and social insecurity despite political affiliations.
Just before deliberations began at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s
Office, he stated clearly that the South West Region was confronted with
so much problems that they could no longer act individually but
collectively with a common purpose of improving the living standard of
the people in a sustainable environment.
At the end of the closed door session, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr
Ayodele Fayose, said the six governors had agreed to work as one family
despite belonging to different political parties.
In his response, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State said the meeting
also resolved to leverage on the viability of Lagos to push development
in south west.
Governor Ajimobi also called for a collective common policy among the
south west governors that would ensure the region was given its rightful
place as the economic basket and infrastructure reference point of the
Other governors at the meeting were that of Lagos State Mr Akinwumi
Ambode, Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko
of Ondo State who was represented by the Secretary to Ondo State
Government Dr Rotimi Adelola.
Governor Mimiko was absent because of a meeting scheduled with President Muhammadu Buhari.