Posted by Charles Onyekwere, Enugu | 10 July 2017 | 2,349 times
Governors of South-East and South-South States have met in Enugu to discuss the state of the nation and issues of common interests to both regions. The meeting started at about 8:00 p.m. on Sunday and was ongoing as at the time of filing this report.
In his opening speech, Enugu State Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, called for cooperation between the governors to realise their common goals and aspirations.
The essence of the meeting, according to Ugwuanyi, is to strengthen the relationship between the two zones to enable them meet their socio-economic and political developmental challenges, especially with the various agitations in the country.
Citing the deplorable state of federal roads in the two zones, such as East-West road in the South-South and Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu Port Harcourt expressways in the South-East, Ugwuanyi regretted that the two zones still suffer infrastructure decay.
He equally noted with regrets that there are no connecting flights between the two regions, a development that has hampered the socio-economic integration and development of the two regions.
Governor Ugwuanyi recalled that the South-East Governors and Igbo political leaders at a meeting about a week ago, declared support for a united Nigeria where peace, love, fairness, justice, equity and equality of opportunity are paramount regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender or political affiliation, adding that the meeting condemned all hate speeches and conduct emanating from any section of the country.
He said the Igbo political leaders lend their full support to the restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the basis of fairness and equity and called on the Federal Government and all Nigerian leaders to commence a process of dialogue among Nigerians on the modalities of achieving this pressing question within a reasonable time.
In attendance include all governors of south-East and South-south of the two zones, while governors of Edo and Delta shunned the meeting held at Nike lake Resort Hotel, Enugu.
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