By Kunle Adedoyin
The Conference of Speakers of South West Legislatures have met to deliberate on how to proffer lasting solutions to incessant security challenges the region has been faced the geo-political zone in recent time.
Heads of the state legislatures in Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ogun states the maiden edition of the Conference of South West Legislatures in Nigeria held in Lagos.
Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, and the Chairman of Conference of Speakers of Nigeria, as the host of the event, highlighted issues bothering the peace of the region, in his welcome address.
“We are opportune to deliberate on Southwest economic and socio-political integration for progress, we know the problems confronting us as a region which includes; kidnapping, theft, arson and herdsmen attacks on our people among others.
“It has reached an alarming height and we need to beef up our internal security, all stakeholders in Southwest should collaborate to find lasting solutions to the hydra-headed security problems confronting us,” he said.
Obasa also noted that the idea to establish Special Security offices across Southwest is also in the offing, while he urged the Federal Government to be proactive in securing Nigerians in South Africa against the xenophobic attacks.
“I urge the local, state and Federal Governments to work relentlessly to stem the threat to peace. “There should be speedy action to halt this sad development, we condemn xenophobic attacks in it entirety and we urge our citizens to give peace a chance and not to result to vandalization of their investments in Nigeria in retaliation to South African xenophobia,” he said.
Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun, the Chairman Conference of Speakers of Southwest State Legislatures and the Ondo State Speaker, pointed out the need for integration amidst the political stakeholders in the southwest to evolve even development.
He said that the speakers deliberated on a lot of issues, unity, security threats in the country and the killings in South Africa, which they condemn it in its totality.
“We want peace and unity in southwestern states and had robust debate on what can move our zone forward,” he said.
Oleyelogun said each of the respective Speakers is to go back to his own domain and have discussions with the governor and meet with stakeholders to fine tune the way forward.
He noted that the Governors are ready to support security matter and fund the proposed special security offices to be established across southwest.
“You can not quantify it with money as it involves lives”, he said.
Present at the parley were; Speakers of Ogun State Assembly, Mr. Olakunle Oluomo, Mr. Adebo Ogundoyin of Oyo, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye of Ekiti, Mr. Timothy Owoeye of Osun, and some of the principal officers of the respective state Assemblies and their Clerks.