Sanwo-Olu seeks better regional economic integration
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged a better integration among the southwestern states and the nation in general to further enhance good governance and economic development.
He made this call during the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Nigeria South-West Zonal Town Hall meeting, hosted by the state government for the validation of the Country Self-Assessment Report (CSAR) on the ongoing Second Peer Review involving its National Governing Council, APRM National Secretariat, federal, states and local councils in Lagos.
In a statement, yesterday, he said: “We just recently hosted the southern governors and in the platform, governors around continued that interaction that takes to harmonise our views for national development. We are certainly not against the local council, the idea is that Nigeria must get better and we need a framework that works perfectly for Nigeria and for Nigerians.
“The issues around the conversation is the integration from the South-West region; how are the learnings from Lagos being incorporated in the learnings in all other states. How is the exchange programme going on between Lagos and other states and how is the inter-state mechanisms working in the Nigerian Governors Forum, as well as other platforms.”
He added that Lagos had always been at the forefront in judicial interpretation as well as forcing laws that will make a modern government and ensuring collaborations with other states for economic cohesion.
The National Co-ordinator/Chief Executive Officer, AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, represented by Mrs. Jawaretu Olumoko, said there had been remarkable development in the South-West geo-political zone based on reports, adding that the second review process would help to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each state to make recommendations to the government for implementation of the National Programme of Action (NPOA), which is used as a blueprint to strengthen best practices in Nigeria’s democracy, political and economic governance.
In her remarks, Ekiti State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Iyabo Fakunle-Okeinen, who also is a member of the National Governing Council for the Second Peer Review, thanked Sanwo-Olu for his unwavering support since the inception of the exercise.
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