The Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam has said that the proposed regional integration of the governors of the South-West in Nigeria would push developmental agenda, which would transform the region into a powerful economy and technological base of the country.
Salam said, for the region to sustain its leading status politically, economically and academically, all the stakeholders in the region must harness the available resources to consolidate regional integration.
A statement signed by the Press Secretary to the speaker, Mr. Goke Butika from United Kingdom, said the Speaker made the statement while addressing the UK chapters of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), South-West and Edo.
The leadership of the state parliament lauded the governors of the region for pushing a common agenda; saying that the progress recorded in the defunct Western Region under the watch of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, had shown that comparative advantage of the policy would jumpstart the development of the South-West zone of the country.
Lauding State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola over the initiative of his youth empowerment scheme, the Speaker stressed that the effect of 20,000 youths employed had been felt throughout the state.
Salaam reiterated that as part of comparative advantages of the regional integration pushed by Osun State governor, Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has also put in place a committee that would initiate the youth empowerment programme in Oyo State (YES-O).
He then challenged Nigerians, especially South West indigenes in UK, to bring home sound and better ideas that will make the country tick in the comity of nations.
The Speaker also admonished Osun indigenes abroad to make their positive experiences available at home for collective development, arguing that, it is then that their trip oversea would be seen as education not brain drain.
Responding, the chairman of ACN South-West and Edo in UK, Mr. Kehinde Ojutalayo commended Osun State government for its youth empowerment scheme, saying the scheme would lessen the burden of Nigerians abroad whenever they come back home.
The politician then tasked the state Houses of Assembly in the South-West, to partner with one another with a view to providing enabling laws for the regional policy formulations and implementation.