By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi at the weekend disclosed that the Southwest will at all times champion the progress of Nigeria based on its investment in education.
The governor stated this at a biennial colloquium themed “Restructuring: Ending the Talk and Starting the Walk,” organized for Mr Dipo Famakinwa, the late Director General of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission in conjunction with the Yoruba Academy and Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), at the House of Chiefs, state secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan,
Governor Ajimobi maintained that in doing this, the Yorubas in the South western part of the country will continue to among others protect the Nigeria’s growing democracy.
“We have a tradition and record of protecting democracy and striving for progress and having invested in Western education much earlier and deeply than any other Nigerian nationality, the Yoruba people have expended considerable resources and capabilities to help orderly progress and prosperity in Nigeria” he said.
The governor added that “the Yoruba nation, with a coherent vision and cohesive voice agitate, push and ensure the actualisation of its development aspirations.”
” Most Yoruba people want a Nigeria that operates as a properly managed modern country- a land of order, law, freedom, justice, progress, science, technology, opportunity, competitiveness, productivity and prosperity, the kind of country that all Yoruba people desire and want.”
On the late DAWN DG, Governor Ajimobi said late Famakinwa contributed “to the strategic and tactical rethink of Western Nigeria had been instructive and pivotal,” saying, “to pay tribute to and sustain the memory and good work of an individual of such repute is fundamentally apt.”
Director General, DAWN Commission, Mr Seye Olaleye noted that “Dipo was a man pf many parts. He ate, slept and dreamt the development of the Southwestern region of Nigeria.”