S/West Govs Adopt Common Anthem For Region

The South-West Governors’ Forum has adopted a common anthem for the region.

The anthem is a popular song composed by Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, titled: “Ise wa fun ile wa”. This was part of the 11-point resolution adopted in a communique signed by all the six governors of the region at a meeting, which was held in Lagos, on Monday.

At the meeting held behind closed doors, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the host, was unanimously elected to lead the forum as chairman.

Present at the meeting were Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), Ademola Adeleke (Osun), Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti) and Sanwo-Olu.

The governors who reviewed security across the region, reiterated their call for creation of state police to further strengthen safety in the region.

To expand food production and agricultural development, the forum directed their respective states’ Commissioners for Agriculture to immediately come together and develop a comprehensive agricultural template that would leverage each state’s comparative advantage.

“The Southwest Governors’ Forum, at its meeting today, June 10, 2024, deliberated extensively on contemporary issues in the South-West States and resolved to commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR on the groundbreaking of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road, and the proposed Lagos to Sokoto road. We, however, encourage the Federal Government to rehabilitate other federal infrastructure in the region.

“On security, the Forum commends the relative peace in the South-West region and notes the collaboration between all security agencies and the Amotekun Corps. We reaffirm our full support for State Police. We acknowledge the efforts of the Federal Government to strengthen food security. We decide that Commissioners for Agriculture of all the South-West states should begin to meet and set up a working template, which will ensure collaboration based on each State’s comparative advantage,” said Sanwo-Olu who read the 11-point resolution.

They condemned the activities of Yoruba Nation agitators, stating that the region remained an integral part of Nigeria.

“The Forum agrees to strengthen the DAWN Commission on operational efficiency and charges the Commission to focus on economic integration, cooperation and investment promotion of South-West states. To that end, each State is mandated to appoint a State focal person,” Sanwo-Olu added.

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