By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Governors in the South-west region have agreed to come together to fashion out policies and programmes to reposition the region for accelerated development.
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun disclosed this at the “South-West Governance Innovation” Conference of the DAWN Commission held in Abeokuta, said the Governors have agreed to work together irrespective of their political differences to develop the zone pointing out that ‘’no part can be greater than the whole’’.
Amosun opined that ‘’for the South Western region to get it right, we must as a matter of importance and urgency give priority to quality education, agriculture that would lead to massive industrialization and infrastructure development as well as adequate security.
The host Governor who revealed that all the South Western Governors were more resolved to achieve meaningful development, advised that each state should explore their of areas comparative advantage to better the lots of the region.
Amosun who spoke in Abeokuta at the Dawn Commission’s conference on Innovation in Governance of the South West said that the South West cannot joke with any developmental agenda of the region.
The Governor explained that the South West States must rekindle the spirit of the old western region whereby the region depend solely on returns from
Amosun disclosed that the region must take pride in agriculture that would lead into industrialisation and must able to feed itself, lamenting that depending on other region before feeding, was not in the best interest of the region.
He added that the region must take the future of the region serious by investing in the youth through education, saying that education is key in any developmental process.
His words, “We must not play with our development agenda, we must be steadfast in it. We must come together to discuss our progress, we must fashion out policies that will develop our zone. It is a must to look at where we have dropped the ball”
“Agriculture is important to us but it must be agriculture that will lead to industrialisation. We must be able to grow, process and package our agricultural produce”.
“We have to make agriculture attractive to our youth. In the contest of Nigeria, we are who we are, Lagos, Oyo are ready made markets. I feel so sad that we cannot feed ourselves, yet we have fertile lands”.
Meanwhile the Governor while speaking on steps taken by his administration to improve the standard of living in Ogun said “I have taken Ogun State out of the apron of Federal Government and make it self-sustaining without waiting for the fund from federal government before it can operate”.