Ambode lauds Lagos’ integration into Oodua group

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has lauded the admission of Lagos State as the sixth member of the Oodua Group, describing it as a major landmark in the effort of the south-western states of Nigeria towards regional integration.
The Commissioner for information and strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, in a statement said governor Ambode believed fervently that the drive towards regionally integrating South-West of Nigeria could not be effectively pursued if all the states in the region failed to combine
their resources to maximize their comparative advantages.
Mr Ayorinde noted that this would build a strong regional infrastructural and social links amongst the states.
“Governor Ambode said that Lagos joining the odu’a group is a priority for his administration. He observes that with its huge population, its vibrant economic base and its being the centre of economic and business activities in Nigeria, Lagos is uniquely placed to contribute to the development and growth of the Oodu’a investment company limited (OIC), the investment arm of the group, as well as the integration of south west Nigeria in general. 

The governor expresses his gratitude to the group for the decision and looks forward to his government working with those of other states in the group towards the betterment and development of south west of Nigeria and its people,” Ayorinde said.

The statement quoted governor Ambode showering encomium on the Oodu’a group for all its landmark achievements as he appreciated his colleagues in the five south-west states for extending the hand of fellowship to Lagos state.

The decision to admit Lagos state as the sixth member of the Oodu’a group was taken at the end of a meeting of the five governors of Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states in Ibadan earlier in the week thereby ending four years of debate amongst the previous five owner
states over whether Lagos state should be admitted into the group.