Alaafin backs S’ West govs on regional integration

Editors Online
February 21, 2013 6:54 am

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayowola Adeyemi 111, has given his full backing to the ongoing efforts by the various state governments in the South-West region to integrate the entire region for economic development.

To this end, the traditional ruler had been in constant contact with Yoruba in the Diaspora in the last 10 years in about 20 countries across the world, who had promised to support any investment drive in Yoruba land. Oba Adeyemi in a letter sent to the six governors of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states, dated February 18, Ref APO/13/Vol.61/86, said he was spurred into action following the recent efforts of the governors of the South-West geo-political zone towards regional integration for economic development.

“My joy knows no bound when recently I read of the overtures of governors of Oyo and Osun states, namely Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, respectively to extend the olive branch to their counterparts and brother governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to join hands with them on the regional integration,” Oba Adeyemi said.

The Alaafin urged Mimiko, as a progressive governor himself, to rise above partisan politics and join hands with his colleagues in the zone to map out a well-coordinated strategy for the socio-economic transformation of the South-West. Oba Adeyemi said not only did he endorse the regional integration agenda, he had a concrete proposal and contribution to make to assist in the realisation of the noble vision, adding, “I have been in constant contact with patriotic Yoruba natives resident in more than 20 countries in the Diaspora who share your vision.” The Alaafin, who also invited the South-West governors to a three-day international convention on investment in Yorubaland holding in Dubai between 14th and 16th March 14 and 16, said: “The main objective of the convention is to launch an international investment drive to Yorubaland with the involvement of Yorubas in the Diaspora, governments in Yorubaland and Yoruba captains of industry, to network with international business community with a view to informing them of the abundant investment opportunities in Yorubaland.”

Oba Adeyemi noted with regret that his efforts in similar direction in the past was filtered away on the utter of politics when he secured free medical equipment for all federal medical centres from patriotic Nigerians in the United States of America in 1999. He urged the governors to cast aside the morass of the perceived marginalisation of the Yoruba race in a federation heading inexorably into political unitary compartment, adding that their target should be a renaissance of the “past glorious days when the defunct Western Region was the model and reference point to the rest of the country in infrastructural, educational, health and agricultural development.” He promised his total commitment to the project.

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