Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and leaders in the South Western States have promised to support on-going efforts by Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) geared towards restoring Yoruba land to its pride of place in Nigeria and Africa.
Speaking in Lagos at the presentation of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), authored by the ARG, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi said it was time Yoruba people woke up and embrace the vision to bring back the lost glory of the Western Region which was once the pacesetter for other regions in the country.
The book presentation was attended by prominent leaders in the region including Governors Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos), Senator ibikunke Amosun (Ogun), Senator Abiola Ajimobi; (Oyo), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), representative of Ondo State Governor; former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu and National Chairman of ACN, Chief Bisi Akande. Others were former military Governor of Western Nigeria, General Adeyinka Adebayo and former Governor of Kwara State, Group Capt. Bola Latinwo (rtd)
Fayemi who commended the efforts of the Group in ensuring that the lost glory of the region was restored, said that he and other Governor’s of South west states would continue to support the Group to ensure their success while they too would not relent in ensuring the success of on-going regional integration programme.
Fayemi added that the level of damage done to the Yorubaland in the last few years was enormous adding that this has necessitated a collective effort to revive the region which once accounted for 20 per cent of world cocoa export market.
The Governor revealed that arrangement was being made to secure an office accommodation for the Yoruba Academy at the Cocoa House, Ibadan.
Earlier, the keynote speaker at the event, Dr Doyin Salami, a lecturer at the Pan African University had decried the state of shabbiness of the nation’s education sector which the southwest used to dominate in the past and the overdependence of States on the central government for their finances; adding that if the southwest states could return to agriculture which was the mainstay of its economy in the early 1950s, the region would be take back its place among black nations.
Salami added that states must begin collaboration on ways to develop the people and their region for it to take the leading place again.
Last modified: March 6, 2012