Tuesday, 26 March 2013

South West Governors Urged To Keep The Menace Of Religious Intolerance At Bay

The six governors of the states in the South-West geo-political zone of the country have been called upon to jointly intensify efforts to keep at bay the menace of religious intolerance and insecurity to ensure that Yorubaland remain safe for both residents and foreign friends who may be willing to invest in the part of the country. 

This was part of the communique issued at the end of the first annual Yoruba International Convention held in Dubai, United Arabs Emirate (UAE), a copy of which was made available to journalists in Ibadan by, Fehintola Azeez, the Media Aide to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111. 

At the gathering organized by Yoruba Global Coalition, UK and hosted by Yoruba Forum, UAE Alaafin presided as the Patron. 

The communique noted that the convention featured presentation of development programmes by Yoruba intellectuals in the Diaspora and a group of foreign investors willing to invest in Yorubaland. 

While recalling that some foreign investors had indicated their desire to start an airline, the convention urged the six governors to collectively approach the Federal Government for an aviation license for the proposed airline named Oduduwa Airline.  

Calling for the initiation of Economic cooperation between Yorubaland and UAE in general and Dubai in particular, so as to take advantage of the robust informal trade between Nigeria and the region, the Convention advocated the opening of Oduduwa Trade Missions in all the major advanced countries.  

Such outlets, the Convention opined would enable the forging of economic cooperation between such countries and Yorubaland, adding, “the mission should be jointly promoted by all the six states of Yorubaland and supervised by the Central Association of Yorubas in such countries. 

Oba Adeyemi in his remark, while declaring the Convention open commended the organizers of the programme and maintained that the South-West is one of the safest zones in the country because we practice secularism and it is part of the reasons we have rapid growth and development.  

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