Southern Governors to hold summit on insecurity

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi;Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde and Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola during a Special Regional Security meeting at the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Governors of the South Western zone in Nigeria have agreed to hold a regional security summit.

This comes following the growing spate of insecurity in the region.

The forum said that the summit would bring all critical stakeholders together to brainstorm on how to stem the tide.

Speaking after a special meeting at the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja on Friday, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu said that the DAWN Commission has been directed to coordinate the summit aimed at further promoting the developmental agenda of the South West region.

“There’s an urgent need to stem the growth of criminal activities and banditry in our region and as leaders, we must be proactive in our approach to addressing the issue,” Akeredolu said.

He stressed further that a consulting firm, KPMG has also been appointed to review the tenure of the Group Managing Director of Oodua Investment Company, which has all the Southwest State Governments as shareholders.

The meeting, which was attended by Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde and Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola unanimously adopted Mr. Akeredolu as the chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum.

The Forum resolved to reconvene at a later date for further deliberations.

 

Sammie Idika