South East GovernorsSouth East Governors laud Ohaneze’s new leadership, agree on security, economic integration
Governors of the South East zone on Sunday met in Enugu and agreed to fight security challenges in the zone.
They also resolved to pursue an economic agenda to improve the living conditions of the people of the zone and Nigeria, as whole.
The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who emerged as the new Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, told journalists that the state chief executives agreed to join forces in fighting insecurity, especially kidnapping.
He said that this stemmed from the fact that “what is happening in any of the states, relatively affects the others.”
To facilitate economic integration in the zone, Governor Umahi said that the economic commissioners of the five states had been mandated by the governors to meet at a later date to articulate a joint economic agenda of development that will better the lots of the people.
He said: “We decided to have proper economic integration of the South East zone. And in this regard, we have instructed the economic commissioners of the various states to come out with a blueprint in that regard.”
The governors welcomed the new leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Dr John Nnia Nwodo and urged Ndigbo to support them to succeed in their mission of enhancing the socio-cultural activities of the zone.
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu recalled that the South East Governors’ Forum had not had a leadership since 2015 when the former governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, was the chairman after the former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi’s tenure.
Earlier, Umahi, while appreciating his new position said: “I want to first of all accept the leadership position that my colleagues have imposed on me. Though I am not the most qualified, they decided that I should lead the South East Governors’ Forum at a time like this. So, I want to thank them with all sense of humility and I accept it with all my heart.”