By Dayo Johnson, Akure
The chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, received a memorandum on the establishment of the Southwest Development Commission.
It was presented to the Governor of the State of Ondo by the President of the Technical Committee and the Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Osun, Dr. Charles Diji Aquinola.
The committee has attorneys general and commissioners for the judiciary and another nominee from six southwestern states.
Attorneys General include; Charles Titiloye (Ondo) Mr. Femi Akande (Osun) prof. Oyewo Oyelowo, SAN (Oyo) Mr. Gbolahan Adeniran (Ogun) Mr. Olawale Fapohunda (Ekiti) and Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo, SAN (Lagos).
The other members are; Special Adviser to the Governor of Oyo State (Political) Hon. Babatunde Odunyoye, State Commissioner for Finance of Ogun, g. Dapo Okubadejo, Chairman, Adekunle Ayasin University, Akungba-Akoko Governing Board, dr. Tunji Abayomi, State Commissioner for Finance of Ekiti, Mr. Ayo Gbeleyi.
Presenting the report, Aquinola said that the memorandum submitted to the chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum was composed of an extended report that considered various provisions of the bill for the proposed Southwest Development Commission and the observations and comments made around it.
“What we are presenting today is a joint memorandum that represents a resolution adopted by all members of the technical committee as a result of this committee’s consideration for future consideration at your level as governor.”
The chairman, noting some gray areas that were considered and recommendations given to governors, said two committees and seven other subcommittees were recommended.
He added that “it is expected that the Bill on the Establishment of the Southwest Development Commission will act as a catalyst for the development of commercial and industrial potentials of the Southwest, receiving and managing funds from the Federation for Agricultural and Industrial Development of the Southwest and any other related backwardness in education. security and development challenges and other related issues.
Receiving the bill, Akeredolu praised the efforts of the members of the technical committee to reach the memorandum, emphasizing that their election of the governor of the southwest was justified.
He assured that at the level of the Forum of Governors of the Southwest World, prominent issues such as the seat of the commission and others will be carefully studied and considered for the benefit of the people in the region.
The chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum thanked the committee for their stance on the Western Nigeria Development Agenda (DAWN), noting that DAWN will continue to exist as a think tank, just as SWDC will provide the necessary base of support.
Regarding the issue of dual membership in the state of Ondo initiated by the board, Governor Akeredolu said: “You have raised the issue of the state of Ondo and the NDDC. I assure you that the state of Ondo is part of the southwest. You can’t exclude Ondo from the southwest. This is about our region, not the state of Ondo, which already belongs to another commission like the NDDC.
Akeredolu assured that the governors of the southwest will meet and forward the memorandum to the National Assembly to help the ongoing work on the SWDC bill.
Recall that Bill 2020 (SB.167) was sponsored by Senator Ibikunle Amosun, APC, Ogun Central.
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