Who we are

About DAWN Commission

The DAWN Commission is the dedicated technocratic institution for the sustainable development of the Southwest Region. DAWN Commission, was set up by the Governments of the Southwest States of Nigeria as the institutional and programme management body to midwife their Regional Integration Agenda. It is therefore the dedicated coordinating agency, fully empowered by the Governments to ensure the delivery of the composite development aspirations of the Region, as expressed in what has been generally adopted and known as the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN).

Mr. Seye Oyeleye, as the Director General is leading a diverse team of professionals, saddled with the mission of ensuring that the Development Agenda leads to improvement in the well-being and quality of the lives of the people of the Region. Mr. Oyeleye, who was appointed the Substansive Director General of DAWN Commission at the Western Nigeria Governors’ Forum, is an Administrator and a Strategic Management expert who has worked in a myriad of middle level and senior management positions both in the public and private sector in Europe and Nigeria for over twenty-five (25) years. He has served in various capacities in the United Kingdom Civil Service and Local Government ranging from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Department of Work and Pensions and both the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham Waltham Forest and Hackney.

The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) formally became a reality with the formal inauguration of our office, DAWN Commission in July 2013. While we do know that our vision will not be achieved overnight, we have aggressively been plugging away at it.

Our Mandate

To Manage Western Nigeria Development Agenda


For the Southwest Region of Nigeria to become the preferred place for people to visit, live, work and invest.


To engender regional co-operation and integration as a catalyst for development and facilitate sustainable working relationship among different governance stakeholders.


By Southwest Region of Nigeria, we refer to the Southwest geo-political zone as a definitional boundary comprising of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, and Ondo. This also recognises the co-terminosity of neighbouring States that may be willing to engage and be part of this Development Agenda. The context however recognises the status of Nigeria as a Federal Republic, with all its inherent complexities.


The government of the region have charged the Commission to work assiduously in enacting a focused development paradigm for mobilising the collective strengths, assets and capabilities lying within the States of Southwest Nigeria, towards achieving sustainable socio-economic growth and development that would result in high standard of living improved well-being for the people of the Region

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