Ondo - Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate for the Oct. 20 Governorship poll in Ondo State, has called for regional integration in Nigeria.
Akeredolu made the call in Akure on Monday at an interactive forum, organised by Ondo State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists for the governorship candidates.
He said that such integration would make the regions formidable for national development.
"Such integration is a way where the regions would be able to fine-tune development projects and policies that will be similar to those of other regions," he said.
Akeredolu said that the idea of South- West integration was not to secede from the federation "but an attempt to make the region more formidable, united and have even development.”
He said that a situation where the South-West could develop its own coastal line, gas project that could supply its energy needs, regional air field, among others, would be a point of reference for other regions.
Akeredolu recalled that during the days of the defunct regional governments, development was rapid and highly appreciated.
He said that although there might be differences in political affiliations, state governments in the South-West valued the need for integration.
Akeredolu promised to promote and enhance the chances of talented young scientists and technologists in the state to excel if elected.