Fayemi emerges President of African Governors Forum

Kayode Fayemi

Governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi

By Yinusa Ishola

Governor Kayode Fayemi 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.

According to the statement, Oumarou Ousmanou of Cameroon was elected Vice President (Central Africa), while Prof. Peter Anyang Nyongo of Kenya was elected Vice President (East Africa).

Mme Bouida Mbarka, President, Morrocan Council of Regions, was elected Vice President (North Africa) and David Makhura, Premier, Gauteng Province, was also elected Vice President (Southern Africa).

In his acceptance speech, Fayemi described the victory as “a burden of history”.

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“Leadership isn’t just a title, but an instrument that should be used to influence policies that would positively impact the people.

“It is time Africans stopped agonising and started organising. The forum will work assiduously to promote the vision of deepening decentralisation and devolution for the material benefit of the African people,” Fayemi was quoted as saying.

Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, pledged to use his office to strengthen the quest for African integration through the promotion of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the SDGs 2030.

He thanked his colleagues in the forum for the honour, reiterating that all present must exhibit the desire to work in tandem with the African Union (AU) agenda.


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