Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu called for better integration between the southwestern states and the nation at large to further strengthen good governance and economic development.
He made this call during the meeting of the town hall of the South-West zone of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), organized by the state government for the validation of the self-assessment report of the country (CSAR) on the second ongoing peer review involving its national government. Council, National APRM Secretariat, federal, state and local councils in Lagos.
In a statement yesterday, he said, “We have just welcomed the governors from the south and in the platform, the governors around have continued this interaction which helps to harmonize our views for national development. We are certainly not against the local council, the idea is that Nigeria needs to get better and we need a framework that works perfectly for Nigeria and for Nigerians.
“The issues around the conversation are the integration of the South West region; how the learnings of Lagos are incorporated into the learnings of all other states. How the exchange program between Lagos and other states is going and how the interstate mechanisms work within the Nigerian Governors Forum, as well as other platforms. “
He added that Lagos has always been at the forefront of judicial interpretation as well as the imposition of laws that will make a modern government and ensure collaborations with other states for economic cohesion.
AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria National Coordinator / Director General, represented by Ms. Jawaretu Olumoko, said there has been remarkable development in the Southwest Geopolitical Zone based on reports, adding that the second process review would help identify the strengths and weaknesses of each state to make recommendations to the government for the implementation of the National Program of Action (NAP), which serves as a model for strengthening best practices in democracy, political and economic governance in Nigeria.
In her remarks, Ekiti State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources Iyabo Fakunle-Okeinen, who is also a member of the National Board of Directors for the second peer review, thanked Sanwo-Olu for his unwavering support since the start of the year.