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When Six S’ West Governors Met in Ekiti to Discuss Regional Integration

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By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

Six governors of the South-West states met in Ado-Ekiti on Monday and agreed on ways to increase the developmental activities in their region for its continued.

The governors of South West who attended the meeting  include governors of Lagos, Akinwumi Ambode; Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi; Osun, Rauf Aregbesola; Ondo, Olusegun Mimiko; and Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, as well as the Deputy Governor of Ogun, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga.

At the meeting, they unanimously agreed to pursue the common agenda under the “DAWN Commission” which is the acronym of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria.

The governors approved the constitution of a Regional Technical Working Group to tackle integrated infrastructure development on multi-modal transportation system to take care of highways, rail and water sectors.

In a communique read by Gov. Fayose after the almost 2-hour closed-door meeting, the governors said that the states of Western Nigeria would be committed to the funding of the DAWN Commission as a fundamental and basic thing to do.

Similarly, they all agreed that a uniform education curriculum for the region should be adopted in order, to checkmate the declining moral values in the society.

The governors also agreed that each state government should donate one centre in furtherance of the establishment of regional centres of excellence with “Odua Conglomerate” serving as platform that will drive the regional economic integration mission.

They, at the meeting,  also adopted the South West Regional Integrated Commercial Agriculture Development Programme, with Lagos State given the mandate to champion a structured regional food exchange programme.

Earlier in an address of welcome, Fayose said the coming together of the South West governors was meant to foster unity and accelerate development in the region.

The group had earlier approved a developmental strategy on sports and agreed that Lagos State should host the first DAWN inter-collegiate games to strengthen the bonds and competitiveness among the youths of the region.

However, the next meeting of the group has been scheduled to be hosted by Ogun State in April.

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