Considering the current economic and security situation in the country, there have been calls for regionalization of government instead of the current governance structure in the country. In the southwest, the most proactive region of the country, in combating negative realities, it has always set the pace for other zones to follow. We recalled that the Western Nigeria Security Network coded “AMOTEKUN”, a regional security outfit set up by the governors of the region to combat security challenges necessitated by kidnapping and banditry in the region, motivated other regions to embrace the initiative of having regional policing outfit to complement the effort of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in the country. The Southeast governors are discussing the establishment of a similar outfit known as “Ebube Agu” to combat rising insecurity in the zone.
In spite the proactive nature of the southwestern region, we observed that the zone has slowed down in developing economically. There are undoubtedly numerous opportunities for economic advancement of the region from natural resources to agriculture and human resources, especially in the area of technology that are untapped to the maximum.
Nevertheless, we appreciate the collaboration of the governors of the region irrespective of the political affiliation have continued to regional development. Last year, the governors in the region moved to establish the South West Development Commission in order to develop the commercial and industrial potential of the south-west. To make this happened, the governors set up a technical committee that drafted a memorandum for the establishment of the commission. The commission which would only come into existence after it has been passed into law by the National Assembly would focus on agricultural and industrial development of the region and also tackle educational backwardness as well as security and development and other challenges facing the region.
Meanwhile, we are aware that the region has established the DAWN commission (Development Agenda for Western Nigeria) to pursue regional integration agenda of the States in the region and embark on collaborative programmes in areas of Security, Education, Transportation infrastructure (roads, rail and water transportation), Trade, Commerce, Agriculture and Sports.
In a country fostering democracy, for a region with bipartisan leadership to come up with agreeable panacea to socioeconomic backwardness of the region is laudable. We urged the governors of the region to ensure that the optimum interest of the Yoruba race is the prime focus of the state governments while politics within the region are guided by the philosophy of politics of development.
More also, regional cooperation, synergy and economies of scale that are critical to the development of any society should be encouraged and fostered, and the good intentions of the political leadership in the region should be backed by sincerity of purpose and commitment to action.
The governors must know that the prosperity of any constituent part of the region is ultimately negated if other parts are not similarly prosperous, therefore, political differences should not be allowed to be a barrier to the economic development of the Region where the aggregate welfare of Yoruba people concerned.