By Yinusa Ishola, Ado-Ekiti.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has been elected the President of the Forum of Governors of Regions/States of Africa at the body’s election held in Saidia, Morocco.
Mr Yinka Oyebode, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, made this known in a statement on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.
The statement said that Mr Oumarou Ousmanou, Governor of Northern Region of Cameroon, was elected Vice-President (Central Africa); while Prof. Peter Anyang Nyongo, Governor of Kisumu County, Kenya, was elected Vice-President (East Africa).
It added that Mme Bouida Mbarka, President, Morrocan Council of Regions, was elected Vice-President (North Africa) and David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province, South Africa, was also elected Vice-President, (Southern Africa).
Fayemi, in his acceptance speech, described the victory as “a burden of history”.
“Leadership isn’t just a title but an instrument that should be used to influence policies that would impact positively on the people.
“It is time Africans stopped agonising and start organising.
“The Forum will work assiduously to promote the vision of deepening decentralisation and devolution, for the material benefit of African people,” Fayemi was quoted as saying in the statement.
Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, pledged to use his office to strengthen the quest for Africa’s integration through the promotion of African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the SDGs 2030.
He thanked his colleagues in the forum for the honour, reiterating that all of them must exhibit the desire to work in tandem with the Africa Union (AU) agenda.
Three other Nigerian governors, who attended the two-day meeting, are Gov. Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Gov. Abdullahi Sule (Nassarawa) and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano).