South-East Governors Meet To Discuss Development For Igbo Tribe

Southeast Governors Meet To Discuss Development For Igbo TribeGovernors of the five south east states in Nigeria, have been deliberating on issues of insecurity and economic integration, among other challenges facing the region.

The meeting which resumed for the first time since 2014, under the aegis of the Southeast Governors Forum, was held behind closed doors at the Government House in Enugu state.

The gathering included governors of Anambra, Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Enugu states, alongside the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu and President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Nnia Nwodo.

The meeting lasted for about two hours, after which the Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi, emerged chairman of the forum.

Expressing his happiness over the leadership position, he said: “I want to first of all accept the leadership position that my colleagues have imposed on me, not being the most qualified but, they decided that I should lead the governors forum at a time like this.

“I want to thank them with all sense of humility and I want to accept it with all heart.”

Security Integration

Governor Umahi said the meeting was largely about deliberations on the Igbo nations, individual states and Nigeria in general.

He further stated that they looked at how security can be integrated.

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“One of the things we talked about is security integration we have agreed to compare notes, talk with our CPs to do security integration, and other security agencies so that the issue of kidnapping, robbery and other terrible insecurities in our various states will be looked together because we realise that when kidnap happens, the victim is taken to another state of the southeast” he explained.

The governor then expressed optimism that this decision would help to secure lives and property of citizens better.

He noted that economic integration was also top on the agenda. “We have agreed that we are going to have proper economic integration and to this effect, we agreed that we are going to appeal to commissioners in charge of economic planning to come together and discuss and compare notes, use consultants and come up with blueprints on how we can have proper economic integration of the southeast”.

Meanwhile, Governor Umahi said that they equally agreed that the only way to fruitful results and to improve the lives of the people, is to work as a team, compare notes and adopt the peer review mechanism where a state learns from what is happening in other states.

He announced that they support the leadership of Ohaneze, as led by Dr. Nnia Nwodo, urging the people to support the leadership so that Ohaneze can continue to be a voice for cultural integration and welfare of the Igbo people.

Southeast Women Demand Rapid Development From Government

Women-August-meetingSome Igbo women in Nigeria’s southeast have stressed the need for women from the region to come united irrespective of their differences to support southeast political leaders.

They believe that such support would enable elected persons deliver good governance, promote girl child education, eradicate poverty and ensure meaningful development for the people of the south east.

Their stand was echoed at the 2016 southeast August meeting organised by the wife of the Imo State Governor, Nkechi Okorocha. It was held at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, with the theme; “Looking at the Next Generation of Mothers”.

The programme was co-organised by the wives of the Governors of Anambra, Ebonyi, Abia, and Enugu, states.

It attracted dignitaries, both male and female across Nigeria especially of southeast extraction.

The main auditorium was filled to capacity, with women in colourful attires, traditional rulers, top government functionaries.

They gathered to witness the 2016 August meeting in Imo State, but this time it was not just for Imo women, but the women of the entire southeast.

It was also a session for fanfare and lots of drama.

In her address of welcome, the Imo State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Ngozi Njoku, explained the essence of the programme and its importance to the people of the southeast geopolitical zone.

The chairman of the occasion, former Governor of Old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, commended the organisers of the event for thinking it wise to unite the southeast region with such event that would not only impact on women but would also bring development to the Igbo nation.

In their different speeches, the host, Mrs Okorocha and her counterparts from Abia and Enugu, Nkechi Ikpeazu, and Monica Ugwuanyi, respectively, urged women to make good use of their positions as mothers to bring development to the southeast irrespective of differences.

This is the first August meeting that will bring all the wives of the southeast governors together and hopefully, there will be a follow up on most of the issues raised for the benefit and development of the people of the southeast.