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 South East GovernorsSouth East Governors laud Ohaneze’s new leadership, agree on security, economic integration

by on February 27, 2017
 

 

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.

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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.

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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.”

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