South-South Traditional Council of Chiefs Lagos State (SSTCCLS) has dedicated the outgoing year to Lagos State Governor, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu as the gov. of the year 2020 for his sense of fairness and justice.
The group who made the dedication in a statement signed by SSTCCLS Chairman, Chief Vincent Ahwi expressed their gratitude to the governor for granting recognition to the South-South geopolitical zone consisting of six states of Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Cross River as a stakeholder in Lagos State.
The group stated that the recognition of the indigenes of the South-South States resident in Lagos became a reality when they held a meeting with the governor on the 12th of November, 2020 to brief him of the massive danger done to the properties and infrastructure of the state at the #ENDSARS protest.
“The people of the South-South were dully represented and sat side by side with our sisters and brother of the South Eastern States with their corresponding representatives and their commissioners.
“The representatives of the South-South people in the meeting include the Honourable Commissioner of Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Samuel Egube, and the political head of zone, Otumba (Engr.) Isaac Emiyede, and our own Chairman in Council (SSTCCLS) High Chief Vincent Ogheneochuko Ahwi amongst other dignitaries,” the statement reads.
The group recognized the fact that Governor Sanwo-Olu is the very first Gov. of Lagos State to have given them such a recognition thus making it a historic and memorable affair for which the people of the South-South Zone are internally grateful to him.
The SSTCCLS commended Sanwo-Olu for his magnanimity and expression of love for both indigenes and non-indigenes of the state.
While, thanking the governor Sanwo-Olu for his noble act to the South-South indigenes, the Chairman in Council of High, SSTCCLS who doubled as Osu R’Urhobo of Lagos State, Chief Ahwi, however appealed to him to involve people of South-South geopolitical Zone resident in Lagos in the affair of the state as a mark of appreciation.
Giving the brief history of the Urhobo resident in Lagos State, Ahwi stated, “Sir this is the brief history of our heritage from our cradle of the ‘IIu Sobo’ called Ajegunle” from being part of the then Western Region to being part of today present day Lagos State.”