Why southwest integration is necessary – Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday explained why regional integration is necessary in the Southwest.
Amosun said the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) had offered a unique opportunity for the region to offer direction that could lead to socio – economic development of the area and its people.
The governor spoke while declaring open the 2017 edition of the Southwest Governance Innovations Conference in Abeokuta.
The conference with the theme: Innovative Governance and Effective Service Delivery, was organised by DAWN in partnership with Department for International Development (DFID) and PERL.
Participants were drawn from the private sector, Heads of Service and Commissioners in the six southwest states.
Those who spoke at the event included the Chief Executive Officer of Proshare Nigeria Limited, Dr. Olufemi Awoyemi, Dr. Dayo Adelogu, Ogun State Commissioner for Urban and Regional Planning, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, Director of Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Ijebu – Ode, Rev. Patrick Ngoye, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Ogun State, Bimbo Ashiru and Mrs. Olubunmi Fadairo.
Among the dignitaries at the event were three House of Assembly Speakers namely – Hon. Folasayo Salami (Osun), Adesina Adeyemo (Oyo), Suraj Adekunbi (Ogun), Director-General of DAWN, Mr. Dipo Famakinwa and Chairman of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Hon. Wale Oshun
Amosun, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, called for the “harnessing and pooling together” of strength and comparative advantages of each part for the overall development of the region.
“Providence has been so good to us that the entire region belongs to O’odua family. This means that we share a long history of relationship that cuts across sphere of culture which amongst other included language and religion.
“A geographical contiguity also makes it easier; this allows for easier cooperation. We should, therefore, take advantage of all these opportunities to create a united front to drive the process of the development of the region,” he said.