Governors in the South West have been asked to launch the rebirth of the region’s civil service and public works departments, saying that such a move will help uplift the region in the face of the dwindling economic fortunes of the country.
Making the call on Tuesday, the President of South West Professional Forum, (SOWPROF) Chief Segun Ajibulu, a public administrator said the future of the South West region lay in an effective and professional civil service, creative exploration of untapped natural resources and regional integration of the state’s political, economic and cultural structures.
“We are concerned with the fall in the Gross Domestic Product, (GDP) of Nigeria. We are worried that states are not able to pay salaries due to no fault of theirs. We are concerned that the civil service is currently weak and needs to be strengthened to meet the new challenges. The future of the people of the South West lay in economic and political unity of purpose”, the group stated.
With the population of the South West region in the range of 50 million people, SOWPROF added, there is the need to initiate a social security system that will take care of the needs of the aged, children and the unemployed.
Ajibulu stated “We need a system that will take care of those without the economic means to survive. No state can do it alone. All the willing SW states need to work together. This is the best way to minimize violence and tame the tide of instability in the South West region for the overall peace and wellbeing of Nigerians”, the group stated.
SOWPROF which was established in 1999 has over 5000 professionals spread across Nigeria and abroad. The group has been promoting the training of civil servants on best global techniques for efficient service delivery.
Ajibulu said that the South West should concentrate on reviving agriculture, reward for hard work, an efficient public service framework and a return to community service as one of the pillars of human development index in the region adding that the future of the South West lay in a knowledge-driven economy.
The group praised the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu for his vision in realizing that the prosperity of Lagos state would be meaningless without the full integration of the state’s politics and economy into the greater South West family.
“In the campaign to make the South West a model, we commend the efforts of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. We urge him not to relent in his efforts to unite the people of the South West for the overall interest of Nigeria.”