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Ajimobi hosts South-West governors’ economic forum

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The six governors from the South-West will converge on Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, today, for an economic forum, aimed principally at discussing and promoting issues of common concern and interest.

A statement, on Sunday, by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, said the meeting was at the instance of the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

It explained that the meeting would discuss issues of common concern to the region, in view of the challenging economic circumstances confronting the nation and its constituent parts.

The statement stated: “These issues include security of lives and properties of all citizens and our peoples; the economic development of the states by leveraging on common resources and the competitive advantages of the region.

“Other issues to be discussed will include the identification and development of critical infrastructure, especially road networks and the need for a regional rail network for transportation of goods and services within the region.”

Other governors expected at the forum are Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State; Mr Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Dr Segun Mimiko (Ondo); Mr Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos); and Mr Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

The statement added that the conversation would be facilitated by the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Professor Dosu Adeyeye; Director-General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN Commission), Mr Dipo Famakinwa, and the Group Managing Director of O’dua Investments, Mr Adewale Raji.