*Bankole, Obanikoro in planning committee
A new pan-Yoruba interest group, Yoruba Patriots Movement, has said it is producing an economic blueprint to reposition the economy of the South West region.
The group headed by Chief Bisi Akande, which was inaugurated last week in Ibadan, met again in the Oyo state capital on Monday.
The group national coordinator, Oladosu Oladapo, addressing newsmen after the meeting said it has sets up a committee to produce the economic blueprint for the region.
He named those in the committee, as including former House of Reps speaker, Dimeji Bankole, former Defence Minister, Kayode Olatokunbo, former Defence Minister of State, Musiliu Obanikoro, and Professor Soji Adejumo.
Oladapo said various studies have shown that most of banks and factories in the region owned by the Yoruba by 2009, have now been lost to non-indigenes of the region.
He said, “We are going to align with other regions, other political groups; sell our ideas and agenda to them and let them key into it. When that is done, then we can form a reasonable and standard alliance. But let charity begin at home. When it begins, definitely to move forward will not be a headache.
“We also agreed that we need to reach out to more politicians, non-politicians, captains of industries, our people in the academics and others so that we will be able to galvanise ideas on how to move the Yoruba nation forward in all spheres.”
Also, he said that the South West region which was once self-sufficient in food, now depends on food items from the North.