Southwest governors have resolved to tackle security challenges facing the region.
This was part of the resolutions at the end of the Security Summit held in the Oyo State Capital, Ibadan.
Similarly ,Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN stated that no state in the Southwest could achieve greatness in isolation.
Delivering his Keynote address at the Security Summit organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, otherwise known as the DAWN Commission at the Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, Ibadan, Akeredolu said the issue of socioeconomic integration must be taken seriously by all state governments in the region.
Governor Akeredolu who is the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum said no sacrifice must be considered too much to preserve the heritage and prosperity of the Southwest.
He therefore called on his brother governors not to be emotive in taking decisions for the benefits of people of the Southwest.
In his welcome address , the Host Governor, the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde called for a common front against insecurity.
He said a united voice against insecurity would engender rapid socio-econmic development for the Southwest .
In a remark, the Director General of DAWN Commission, Mr Seye Oyeleye said the summit was important to the development of Southwest Nigeria which cannot be achieved without security.
He commended governors of the six Southwestern States for their presence.
A Pre- summit presentations had earlier taken place during which stakeholders condemned in strong terms the attacks on people of the Southwest.
The summit is: Stakeholders’ Security Summit: FOCUS ON WESTERN NIGERIA.
They decried incessant kidnappings, attacks and killings of the people of the region among other criminal activities being perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.
Those who spoke at the forum frowned at the indiscriminate selling of lands including farmlands by Yoruba leaders to strangers in the region, saying the development has made strangers to take over large portion of Yoruba land.
They expressed optimism that the stakeholders’ security meeting would provide the way out of the security challenges facing the South West region.
They also called on the leaders of the region to have a rethink and speak with one voice with view to addressing the ugly situation.
According to them,there is a need for security surveillance in Yoruba land to put an end to deteriorating security situation in the region.
The Western Nigeria Governors Forum has Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, the Governor of Ondo State as Chairman while the host Governor for the summit was Engr. Seyi Makinde,Governor of Oyo.
Other members of the forum are : Governor of Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode Fayemi; Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun and Governor of Gboyega Oyetola.
Also in attendance are Heads of the security agencies, traditional rulers and other relevant stakeholders across the South West states.
Some of the stakeholders include that of the National Coordinator of Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM) Oladipo Oladosu; Akogun Gafar Oyetola and Pastor (Mrs) Sola Adebisi.
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