The South-east Governors Forum has promised to adopt the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission (DAWN) to grow its region.
The Director General (DG) of the forum, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, disclosed this yesterday after a two-day working visit to the commission’s Head office at the Cocoa House, Ibadan.
He said he was impressed with the level at which the commission had formulated economic policies for the regional development of the southwest.
He said: “We have seen the DAWN’s strategic document called One Bloc. This would form the policy guidelines for the South-east Governors’ Forum. Through this visit, we have also seen the type of young professionals that are driving this vision.”
He said the visit had helped his team to gain the experience needed to integrate and develop the south-east region.
Ortuanya added that the visit would assist the forum to develope a strategic plan and identify the type of professionals needed to successfully manage a similar agency.
The DG disclosed that the visit was necessitated by the forum’s belief in DAWN’s agenda in moving its region forward.
According to him, the governors’ forum and DAWN commission share some things in common in their regional cohesion and integration.
Ortuanya added that the commission had already recorded success in several areas of cooperation among the six states in Western Nigeria.
“We are barely one month old, whereas DAWN is four years old. We felt we should have this interaction to leverage on its experience. If we have empowerment in the south-east, it would help in the country’s development.
“DAWN developed a strategic master plan for the development of the south-west. We also need to go this way in sustaining our values for hard work, innovation, honesty, respect and cooperation.”
The Acting Director General of DAWN, Seye Oyeleye, described the visit as a good step in the right direction, adding that it was encouraging that other regions were adopting its blueprint to develop the nation.
Oyeleye said the fading relevance of oil as the mainstay of the country’s economy further made it imperative for each region to look inward and cooperate on the various ways of maximizing their available resources for development.