Some Yoruba leaders and groups have expressed dismay at the declining commitment of governors of the South-West states to the Development Agenda Western Nigeria Commission.
The Yoruba Council of Elders, Yoruba National Assembly, Amotekun, the DAWN and other groups observed this trend in a communique on Tuesday at the end of a meeting called Majeobaje Dialogue.
The convener of Majeobaje, Chief Tayo Akindeko explained that the organisation’s interventions and engagements seek to promote the virtues of good governance across the South-West of Nigeria.
The communique read, ” Majeobaje noted the thoroughness and far-sightedness of the framers of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria in 2011, and its further refinement into the One Bloc Plan in 2016. The plan anticipated the need for a Western Nigeria Security Network, and disease epidemic control (COVID) with necessary recommendations to address them.
“It, however, viewed with dismay the flagging commitment of sponsors and stakeholders generally to DAWN.”
It stated in its resolution that politicians in the old Western Region must make economic development of the region their priority.
The statement further read, “That the states that make up the old Western Region need to learn to function as a single economic market and thereby unleash synergy for greater efficiency and faster economic development.
” To make accelerated economic development of the old western region the priority interest of all SouthWest politicians and activists rather than partisan politics alone.
“To use the historical, cultural and language similarity of the old Western Region to facilitate her economic integration and accelerate her development.”
The groups also observed that the tension in the Nigerian polity was being exacerbated by poor governance and ‘strangulating poverty.’
This, they said, was making unemployment to increase especially among the youth and fueling insecurity.