COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF TOWN HALL MEETING WITH CANDIDATES
FOR ELECTIVE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS IN THE SOUTH WEST
AND REPRESENTING SOUTH WEST ZONE IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
At LAGOS AIRPORT HOTEL, IKEJA
ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2019
The Voice of Reason, an association of professionals and intellectuals of Yoruba origin
dedicated to the prosperity of Yorubaland and Yoruba people through the enthronement of
a restructured Nigeria, in pursuit of its mission convoked a Town Hall Meeting with the all
candidates of all political parties contesting for elective positions in the South West Zone
in the forthcoming electionson Wednesday, January 30,2019.
The Meeting which was well attended by many of the candidates and a cross section of Yoruba professionals and intelligentsia was chaired by Dr. Christopher Kolade, the former
Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
The Chairman of VOR, Dr Olufemi Adegoke, in welcoming all participants set out the agenda for the Meeting, which was to be a first step in forging a united voice and strategy for the urgent realisation of the Yoruba long-held aspiration to return Nigeria to a truly federal state allowing the Yoruba and indeed every other nationality in the Federation of Nigeria to leverage their natural resources, environmental endowments and their innate
ability and ingenuity to accelerate the development and prosperity of their people in particular and Nigeria in general. He assured that VOR will continue close dialogue with
those elected as well as all those who are politically active to ensure restructuring and return to the federal structure that the founding fathers of Nigeria agreed as the
grundnorm for the country at independence.
The VOR Chairman urged participants to offer concrete suggestions on how to create a united front beyond partisan division with the ultimate goal of liberating our people and
Nigerians in general from the ignorance, want and disease.
In his opening address’s, the Chairman of the event Dr.Christopher Kolade applauded VOR for the initiative and stressed the need to have the Restructuring in the context of
national transformation needed for socioeconomic development of the country. He advised aspirants to be conscious of their role as representatives of the people.
Dr. Akin Fapohunda of VOR in his paper, The Imperatives of Restructuring and the Need for a
New Constitution for Nigeria, commended to the participants a VOR sponsored draft Nigerian
constitution that embodies the aspirations of most advocates of restructuring. He outlined
the basic features of the constitution and invited participants to take a critical look at the draft and offer suggestions towards coming to a consensus in Yorubaland before engaging other zones. He also disclosed that VOR will also spearhead the effort to achieve intra-zonal accord on the constitution for the Region. He pointed out that rationalisation and
division of responsibilities between state and regional governments and discipline rather than burden the system will indeed provide for economies of scale across several
In the interactive section that followed, the presidential aspirants and party
Representatives present all placed emphasis on much needed Restructuring as a collective
endeavour involving devolution of powers and addressing structural imbalances.
They emphasised the need to set up a committee to conduct the social and economic mapping of the South West with a view to rectifying the imbalances.The participants overwhelmingly thanked VOR for the Town Hall Meeting and affirmed their belief in restructuring as the most enduring way to effective governance andprosperity,It was agreed that the interaction must continue and they pledged to faithfully represent the aspirations of Yoruba people and assiduously work for ensuring that restructuring becomes reality in the next legislative cycle. It was resolved that the interaction amongst all elected officials on the strategy to achieve restructuring should continue and beearnestly pursued once the new Assemblies are convened.