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Southwestern Governors meet to chart common front on national development

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The six  States’ Governors of  Southwestern Nigeria have met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital  to discuss some issues fundamental to the development of the region.

The governors who met behind closed doors for about two hours spoke through the Ondo State Governmnor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ,SAN,  at the end of the meeting.

He  told newsmen  that the meeting agreed on the need to present a common position on the Constitution Amendment before the National Assembly and the need to bring on board the  Houses of Assembly and other stakeholders within the region for easy realisation of the goals before them.

Arakunrin Akeredolu said, other issues of common interest, that are fundamental to the growth and development of the region were also discussed.

According to him, the governors   used the opportunity of the meeting to find solutions to some of the common problems affecting the region.

“As you can see we are all governors from this part of the country and we met to have  discussion on very important issues that we are concerned about,  very topical.  And the meeting went very well and the issues we discussed we reached consensus on them.

“All of us here are brothers, so what we are doing is, as one from Oduduwa, all of us being brothers, we are finding solutions to matter that we believe is of common interest to all of us, and we are doing it together.

“There are many things affecting us as you all know, it is so clear to us that there is move for  issue of Constitution Amendment, and as expected we believe that,  we know as a group, as leaders of this zone what should be our interest, so we want to present a common position and have our Houses of Assembly and other stakeholders who believe in us to come along with us on issues that we have agreed on and  believe are fundamental and common to our interest”

Present at the meeting are: Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN,( Ondo State );  Rauf Aregbesola , ( Osun State); Akinwunmi Ambode, ( LagosState); Ayodele Fayose,( Ekiti State) and the Deputy Governor of Ogun, Chief Yetunde Onanuga who represented her governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Strategic members of the States’ Executive council within the sub region  were also in attendance.

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