An office for Developmental Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission was opened.
The governors of the Southwest states on Wednesday commissioned the office of Developmental Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
The commissioning was done after a brief meeting of the Southwest Governors’ Forum which held at DAWN Commission office at Cocoa House, Ibadan.
The trendy office is adorned with the pictures of all the governors of the six south-western states.
Present at the commissioning were Governors Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Rauf Aregbesola of State of Osun, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, and Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State. Also present were Hon. Olawale Oshun, the Chairman of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), the organisation that produced the DAWN document and helped midwife the commission; Ayo Afolabi, ARG’s General Secretary, and Kunle Famoriyo, ARG’s Publicity Secretary.
Mr. Ajimobi said holding the meeting at DAWN Commission office is a way of showing their “commitment to regional integration.”
“We have set up regional integration offices in our respective states. We are committed to exploring our strengths for common good in terms of commerce and infrastructural development,” he said.
“In the end, our objective is to turn our region into a place of enviable development and a competitive destination for credible investors.”
The DAWN commission, according to its Director General, Dipo Famakinwa, deserves the support of all Yoruba indigenes because it seeks to restore the southwest region to global competitiveness witnessed when late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the region’s Premier.
“This project is not political; it is strictly developmental. It will remain committed to development of Yorubaland. DAWN will restore the dignity of the past and connect it with present realities and future opportunities,” he said, and added that the commission will be guided by the philosophies and values of Yoruba culture.
“We will embark on projects (not)because we want to be seen but because it has been well thought out in line with best practices and best interest of the region. This building (Cocoa House) for example is a testimony to the resilience of Yoruba people. Elsewhere, it would have been sold or even converted into residence,” he said.
He said the office opened for operations officially on July 1 and sits on the 10th floor of the historic building.
Mr. Afolabi said “today is a day of joy for all Yoruba people.”
“We have strayed from our developmental trajectory, for which we were known and it looked like we would never get it again. It looked like the good old days of Chief Awolowo would forever be history but I am happy that today we started on that developmental roadmap. I no longer look into the future with despair but with optimistic assurance,” he said.
Mr. Afolabi enjoined all Yoruba people to embrace the commission and buy into its vision as this will ensure that the commission lives to become an institution that stays above influence of partisan politics.
“Afenifere Renewal Group is committed to the uplift of Yorubaland and this commission must not be seen through political lenses. Let us all buy into it to ensure partisan politics does not affect it negatively,” he said.
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