SW Governors adopt ‘Ise wa fun wa ‘ as Regional Anthem

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..wants fiscal federalism to determine New National Minimum Wage

The adoption of a Regional Anthem tagged,’Ise wa fun wa’ is one of the decisions taken at Mondays Meeting of South West Governors.

The Governors after electing. Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu as Chairman also call on Federal Government to allow fiscal federalism to determined new National minimum wage in the country.

Full Communique below:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE SOUTH WEST GOVERNORS’ FORUM HELD ON MONDAY 10TH JUNE, 2024 IN THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE ALAUSA, IKEJA LAGOS STATE.

The South West Governors’ Forum at its meeting of today, Monday, 10th June, 2024 held in the Governor’s Office, Lagos House Alausa, Ikeja Lagos State deliberated extensively on the state of the South West States and further resolved as follows:

1. The Forum unanimously nominated and adopted the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as its Chairman.

2. The Forum paid its last respects to its late Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN, CON, and also congratulated the new Governor of Ondo State, H.E Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, also for winning the All Progressives Congress’s (APC’s) Governorship ticket for the next election.

3. The Governors adopted ‘Ise wa fun ile wa’ as South West Anthem.

4. The meeting commends the House of Representatives and South West Caucus for their efforts at passing the South West Development Commission Bill and looks forward to its speedy passage by the Senate.

5. The meeting commends Mr. President, H.E. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR on the ground-breaking of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road, the proposed Lagos to Sokoto road and encourages the Federal Government to rehabilitate other Federal roads in the region.

6. On security, the Forum commends the relative peace in the South West region and notes the collaboration between all security agencies and the Amotekun Corps. It reaffirms its full support for State Police.

7. On Food Security, the Forum acknowledges the efforts of the Federal Government and decides that the Honourable Commissioners for Agriculture of all the States should begin to meet and set up a working template, which will ensure collaboration based on each State’s comparative advantage.

8. On Minimum Wage, the Forum supports the efforts of the Federal Government, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Organised Private Sector on their ongoing conversations with the Labour Union. We believe the outcome will reflect true fiscal federalism.

9. The Forum also encourages Federal Government’s efforts on mineral resources exploitation. There should be further collaboration between the Federal Government and States, especially in granting leases to investors.

10. The Forum condemns in strong terms the group of people agitating for Yoruba Nation.

11. The Forum agrees to strengthen the DAWN Commission on operational efficiency and charges the Commission to focus on economic integration, cooperation and investment promotion of South West States. To that end, each State is mandated to appoint a State focal person.

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