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.

Obiano Tasks Anambra Traditional Rulers On Sustainable Development

Obiano Tasks Anambra Traditional Rulers On Sustainable DevelopmentGovernor Willie Obiano has tasked the Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council to ensure that the developmental strides of his administration are sustained in their various communities.

The commission was given during the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of the annual seminar of the Traditional Rulers’ Council held at Government House in Awka, the Anambra State capital, South-east Nigeria.

Governor Obiano praised the traditional rulers for their ability to maintain unity and steady support for his administration.

He urged them to remain focused and ensure that the developmental strides his administration has brought to bear are enjoyed and sustained in the 177 communities in the state especially in the area of security.

The Governor asked them to articulate and present to him, a resolution on how to approach the issue of the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to ensuring permanent peace and stability in the Igbo nation.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Council and Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, commended the Governor for his support to the traditional institution as well as his giant strides in the development of the state in the area of education, health and youth empowerment.

He said that the seminar would help refresh their minds on their roles in their communities and urged his colleagues to adapt to the changes of the 21st century to help move Anambra State and Nigeria forward.

The Obi of Onitsha also expressed concerns on the agitation of the IPOB and the questions that had raged on the minds of the traditional rulers in the state. He concluded that caution, instead of rash judgment would be applied.

The seminar is expected to help deepen the knowledge of the traditional leaders on their functions and roles in their communities as well as sharpen their minds on contemporary issues on nation building.

The two-day seminar with the theme: “Impact of the Four Pillars of Economic Development and their Enablers in the Development of the Communities of Anambra State, the Role of the Traditional Rulers”, also featured the launch of a book consisting of seminar papers presented in previous seminars and conferences of the Council in the past three years.