Monday, November 21, 2016

South West Governors Join Forces To Tackle Economic Recession

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 country.

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.



  1. Nice. This is what we have been clamouring for.
    South West, the trail blazer region in Nija. We are 1st Yoruba before anything.

    It will be nice if a name can be given to the association, and rotational posts of chairman and secretary created and be filled by our governors without regard to political affiliations.

    Also, a memorandum of understanding should be designed for this association.

    Asset sharing with a view to helping less privileged and economically troubled state(s) and Yoruba owned businesses within the South West should be incorporated into the memorandum so that this association would not be seen as a toothless one where our leaders are just there for all talk, shaking of hands, posing for pictures to be taken, and no action.

    A South West that is connected economically despite our political differences is the only way forward as it is the best for our people.


    1. You are a wishful thinker. Wait till next election when Jagaban tries to influence who become Oyo or Osun Governor, then you will know why they are not on the same page. This ain't America