South West Governors Join Forces To Tackle Economic Recession

south-west-governorsGovernors in the South West Region of Nigeria have joined forces to tackle socio-economic problems confronting the six states and militating against development even as they tackle recession by leveraging on comparative advantages in the zone.

Hosted by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, other governors of Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States came together for the first time without recourse to political or ideological differences.

In his address of welcome, Governor Ajimobi, hinted that they intended to come out of the forum with a new pedestal hinged on regional integration as a tool for fighting low economic competitiveness, food and social insecurity despite political affiliations.

Just before deliberations began at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s Office, he stated clearly that the South West Region was confronted with so much problems that they could no longer act individually but collectively with a common purpose of improving the living standard of the people in a sustainable environment.

At the end of the closed door session, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said the six governors had agreed to work as one family despite belonging to different political parties.

In his response, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State said the meeting also resolved to leverage on the viability of Lagos to push development in south west.

Governor Ajimobi also called for a collective common policy among the south west governors that would ensure the region was given its rightful place as the economic basket and infrastructure reference point of the country.

Other governors at the meeting were that of Lagos State Mr Akinwumi Ambode, Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State who was represented by the Secretary to Ondo State Government Dr Rotimi Adelola.

Governor Mimiko was absent because of a meeting scheduled with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerian Accountants Support Buhari’s Anti-corruption War

Muhammadu Buhari in meeting with ICAN on corruption Nigerian accountants have pledged their support for the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari, with efforts focused on restoring greater probity, prudence, transparency and respect for financial regulations in the management of national resources.

Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) made the Promise on Tuesday at a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

President Buhari had warned that with declining prices of oil exports, which remain the mainstay of the nation’s economy, Nigeria must begin to properly manage its available resources or face developmental stagnation and decline.

Real Accountability

The President told the accountants to help Nigeria go back to the days of real accountability in the management of public funds, where people must be made to properly account for whatever government funds were entrusted to their supervision.

“Let your audit reports on our Ministry Department and Agencies be thoroughly, professionally and dispassionately done to ensure greater probity in the management of our national resources and sustainable development,” the President told ICAN delegation led by association’s President, Otunba Samuel Olufemi Deru.

Briefing reporters after the meeting ICAN President hailed the reinvigoration of the War Against Corruption being witnessed under President Buhari’s leadership.

“ICAN is the voice of business. Accountability is our business and we uphold the tenets of transparency in what we do,” he said.

Also in the delegation were the governors of Ogun State, Ibukunle Amosun and that of Lagos State Mr Akinwumi Ambode.

Mr Amosun stressed that for Nigeria to develop, accountants must play a very active role.