By Kemi Kasumu
After years of contemplating a South West integration for regional development and following the recent charge by the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III that having being well structured for long that the best way out of Nigerian challenges was for each region to develop itself, governors of the six state-South West Zone appear to have woken up from slumber as they ended their economic forum in Ibadan, on Monday, with a resolve to deepen regional integration.
They said they would only “play politics of development that will bring food to the tables of average people in South West, regardless of their political affiliation.”
All the governors of South West including the controversial Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose attended the meeting except the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Dr Rotimi Adetola.
A communiqué read by governor Fayose at the end of the three-hour meeting, held inside the Executive Council Chambers of the Oyo State Governor’s Office, said: “The people must come first, the region must come first and we must have unity of purpose and economic base that we will all be proud of.”