Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has charged Yoruba leaders to make the re-introduction of regional government one of their major demands at the forthcoming National Conference.
He gave the charge on Monday while speaking at the second preliminary meeting on the Yoruba position at the forthcoming National Conference held at the country home of an Afenifere chieftain, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, at Ishara-Remo, Ogun State.
Ajimobi canvassed the adoption of the 1960 Constitution with minor adjustments to suit the present day Nigeria and its peculiarities.
The governor’s position is a manifestation of the shift in the position of his All Progressives Congress, which had earlier been opposed to the national conference proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan.
While commending the unrelenting efforts of Yoruba leaders in the promotion and propagation of the interest of the race in national discourse, the governor urged them to be more committed, loyal and honest, and also demonstrate high level of integrity in advancing the course of the Yoruba at the conference.
He also stressed the need for the constitution of a Technical Committee that would be saddled with the responsibility of coordinating and aggregating the official position of the Yoruba race at the conference.
He said the committee should consist of experienced technocrats who had held sensitive positions both within and outside the government.
Ajimobi also said that all the states in the South-West geo-political zone should be equally represented.
He decried the disparity in the allocation of revenue to states and stressed the need for the elders to focus attention on why the government at the centre should have less allocation and more to states to enable them take care of their added responsibilities, which he said would bring about the desired development in the states.
Speaking at the occasion, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, lauded Ajimobi’s developmental strides in Oyo State.