By Lukman Olabiyi

The South West Governors Forum has restated its call for state police and pledged support for the Federal Government on the deliberation of Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.

At the meeting attended by Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ademola Adeleke (Osun) and Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti) in Lagos, the forum unanimously nominated and adopted Sanwo-Olu as its chairman and also adopted ‘Ise wa fun ile wa” as South West Anthem.

According to the communique issued  after the meeting at the Lagos House, Ikeja, the forum held that  it deliberated extensively on several matters and also paid respect to the late Ondo Governor,  Rotimi Akeredolu and congratulated the new governor, Aiyedatiwa.

The communique read in part: “The meeting commends the House of Representatives and South West Caucus for their efforts at passing the South West Development Commission Bill and looks forward to its speedy passage by the Senate.

“The meeting commends Mr. President, H.E. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR on the groundbreaking of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road, the proposed Lagos to Sokoto road and encourages the Federal Government to rehabilitate other Federal roads in the region.

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“On security, the Forum commends the relative peace in the South West region and notes the collaboration between all security agencies and the Amotekun Corps. It reaffirms its full support for State Police.

“On food security, the Forum acknowledges the efforts of the Federal Government and decides that the commissioners for agriculture of all the states should begin to meet and set up a working template, which will ensure collaboration based on each State’s comparative advantage.

“On minimum wage, the forum supports the efforts of the Federal Government, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Organised Private Sector on their ongoing conversations with the Labour Union. We believe the outcome will reflect true fiscal federalism.

“The Forum also encourages Federal Government’s efforts on mineral resources exploitation. There should be further collaboration between the Federal Government and States, especially in granting leases to investors.

“The Forum condemns in strong terms the group of people agitating for Yoruba nation.

“The Forum agrees to strengthen the DAWN Commission on operational efficiency and charges the Commission to focus on economic integration, cooperation and investment promotion of South West States. To that end, each State is mandated to appoint a state focal person”

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