By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimibi on Thursday asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and leaders to renew their resolve towards bringing back the lost glory of South west region and reposition it for the benefit of the people,
The governor made the call in Ibadan while welcoming APC leaders and governors to the South West APC stakeholders Forum held at the Executive council chambers, Governor’s office.
He declared that there is the need for all the APC governors, party leaders and other public office holders under the party to sacrifice their self interest and work more towards surmounting developmental challenges confronting the region.
“Let me state here that as leaders, it is incumbent on us to brainstorm and forge a unity of purpose which will be beneficial to the people who have put us into these leadership positions.Our past leaders, wherever they found themselves, used to exhibit such attributes as vision, determination, selflessness, courage, steadfastness and passion for the emancipation of their people.” he said.
Governor Ajimobi maintained that in the last three years,APC had recorded tremendous achievements worthy of celebration and that there was the need for the APC to focus attention on agriculture to boost the country’s economy.
“We must, therefore, renew our resolve to re-enact these qualities in order to bring back the lost glory of our region and reposition it for our people, in order that they may enjoy the full benefits of entrusting our party with their destinies.”
On the coming 2019 general elections, Governor Ajimobi m maintained that it had become imperative for the leaders to engage in some introspection to identify what could have been done differently, and if necessary, go back to the drawing board to proffer agreeable methods on the way forward.
He stressed that the South west
region had comparative advantage in agriculture, given its vast arable land, highest concentration of agric research institutes, clement weather and the location of Ikere Gorge Dam, which has the capacity to irrigate the entire region, in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.
“We must become the food basket of Nigeria through integrated farming and value addition. In this regard, the completion of Ikere Gorge Dam, which has multidimensional benefits to agriculture, water supply and electricity, is imperative. We must ensure speedy completion of the ongoing expansion of the Lagos-Ibadan Express way, the rail projects and other infrastructural development. Our representatives at the national assembly must be ready to support the region if and when it decides to show interest in who runs the planned concession of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.”
Comnenting on the 2018 gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states, the governor said as the two electiobs “are fast approaching. all hands must be on deck to ensure victory for our party.”