South East Governors To Launch Regional Security Outfit

L-R: Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke; Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi; and Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, at the Government House in Enugu on February 9, 2020.

 

 

The governors of the South East met on Sunday over the security challenges and other issues in the region.

At the end of the meeting which held at the Government House in Enugu State, the governors resolved to launch a regional security outfit.

They affirmed their commitment towards concluding the establishment of the Joint South East Security Outfit to tackle the daunting security challenges in the region.

The chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, disclosed this to reporters after the first meeting of the forum in the year 2020.

He said the leaders have written the Federal Government in this regard and were equally satisfied with the arrangement that would lead to the enactment of the law to back up the programme in all Houses of Assembly across the region.

 

Governor Umahi, however, said they have yet to choose a name for the security outfit, adding that would come later.

To other issues, the governors were pleased with the level of work done at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.

They noted that the airport would be reopened on March 31 and also commended the progress made so far in the construction of the Second Niger Bridge and some Federal Roads in the region.

The governors thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the swift intervention of the Federal Government and called for more funding to conclude the ongoing works and incorporate other abandoned road sections in the South East.

 

The meeting was attended by the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke.

Also present were the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, and former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi.

The meeting was also attended by some leaders in the region such as the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, and some members of the sociocultural groups, as well as religious leaders among others.

South-East Governors To Meet Buhari Over Enugu Airport, Other Regional Issues

FILE PHOTO: Chairman of South-East governors forum, David Umahi

 

South-East governors on Monday resolved to meet President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the welfare of the region, rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam international airport, among other issues.

Chairman of the forum, David Umahi disclosed this after a meeting by the governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, religious leaders and South-East National Assembly Caucus in Enugu.

The governors resolved to meet with President Buhari following fears that the closed Enugu airport could be abandoned.

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“We have resolved that we are going to see Mr President on the welfare of our people. When we get back, we will give you the context of our meeting with Mr President,” Umahi told journalists after the meeting.

Governors at the meeting include Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu). Imo State governor was represented by Deputy Gerald Irona.

In their last meeting on August 31st, the governors agreed to meet with the President and service chiefs to discuss and dowse security tension in the region amongst others.

Ekweremadu, South East Governors Meet With President Buhari

 

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Governors of the South East geo-political zone on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

Those in attendance were governors of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States.

After the meeting, the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, told journalists that their visit was to show appreciation for some of the projects being handled by the Federal Government in the region especially the contract of the second Niger Bridge.

He also stated that the visit was to request for more funds to speed up the completion of the projects.

“We came on behalf of the South East to thank Mr President for the award of the second Niger bridge to Julius Berger in the sum of N206 billion and we understand that seven billion is being paid as mobilization so we came to ask Mr President to see if there is a possibility of paying Berger 50% of the sum and secure the other 50% so that we can sleep with our two eyes closed being assured that the job will not be abandoned”.

When asked if anything was discussed concerning the 2019 election, the governor said the topic was not raised during the meeting.

South-East Not Marginalised, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assured stakeholders from the South-East that the region is not being marginalised.

He said this in response to allegations of under-representation of Igbos in his government while explaining that he gave the south-east four substantive ministers.

“I gave south-east four substantive ministers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Science and Technology and Labour.

“Seven states in the North got Ministers of State and of the two Ministries headed by your sons, I cannot take any decision on foreign policy and investments without their input,” he said.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Friday.

Speaking further, the President also gave the assurance that the region will benefit more from roads and coastal rail projects, which are of critical importance to the economy.

He declared that the 2nd Niger Bridge, the East-West Road and the Coastal rail project, are receiving utmost attention from his administration.

He also noted that counterpart funding from the Chinese government would substantially fund the projects, which when completed will improve the welfare, well-being and economy of the people in the region.

“I know the Chinese are very competent in handling such projects and we will ensure that we get the money for the projects to take off.

“I thank you for articulating your demands and I want to assure that we are doing our best for the country. If we can stop people from stealing, then there will be more resources to put into projects that will create employment for Nigerians,” the President said.

The President also promised the leaders, comprising governors and ministers from the region, the President of Ohaneze, Chief Nnia Nwodo and representatives from the National Assembly, that he will visit states in the zone soon.

“I want to assure you that I came into government with a clear conscience and I will also leave with a clear conscience,” he said.

Earlier, the President of Ohaneze, while articulating the demands of the zone to the President highlighted the issue of state creation, restructuring, federal projects in the South East namely Enugu-Onitsha road, Enugu-Port Harcourt road and Aba-Ikot-Ekpene road, among others.

Nwodo also demanded urgent presidential interventions on the Enugu Airport, reticulation of the gas-pipelines in the South East and the standard gauge plan for railway construction.

Commending the President’s remarkable achievements on security and the fight against corruption, Nwodo declared: “we are ready to work with you. We are determined to work with you. We know you are a decisive leader and we know God will continue to give you the wisdom to govern Nigeria.”

Also speaking, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State expressed satisfaction on the outcome of their discussions with the President on critical issues and topics affecting the region.

“You have no hatred for any state. You have treated all states with equality. What one state gets in the north, the other gets in the south,” the governor said, referring to budget support facility and stabilisation fund released to states and local governments since the inception of the administration.”

Full Resolutions Of South-East Governors On IPOB, Operation Python Dance

Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, reading the resolution with Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to his left and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State to his right.

The South-East Governors Forum today held a meeting at the Government House in Enugu over the increased tension in the region after Sunday’s clash between soldiers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

At the end of the meeting, which was also attended by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo John Nwodo, they arrived at 11 resolutions.

This included a ban on IPOB activities and an appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw soldiers from the region.

See the resolutions, which were read by the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State Dave Umahi, below:

In view of the prevailing situation in the South East and its attendant consequences, the South-East governors hereby resolve as follows:

1. All activities of IPOB are hereby proscribed. IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the committee of Governors of South East, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and National Assembly members from South-East zone through the Chairman of South-East Governors Forum.

2. All governors of South East are expected to ensure compliance in their respective states.

3. The South-East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members do hereby reinforce their commitment to one united and indivisible Nigeria.

4. We also reinforce our desire for the restructuring of Nigeria where all national issues will be discussed and amicably settled to achieve justice and fairness to every Nigerian.

5. We reiterate our earlier position that the November 18, 2017, Gubernatorial election in Anambra State must hold.

6. Accordingly, we appeal to our President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to, please, withdraw the military in the South-East Zone while the police perform their traditional role of maintaining law and order within this period.

7. South-East governors have taken concrete steps to protect the lives and properties of non-indigenes in the South East and, of course, including the lives and properties of indigenes in the South-East as well.

8. We are in touch with the Northern Governors Forum and they have assured us of the safety of all our people living in the North and we have also planned for exchange of visits between the governors. This is to reinforce the confidence of Nigerians in this regard.

9. In keeping with our earlier position, we wish to assure Nigerians that full investigation is ongoing and all allegations of killings, maiming and other unlawful conduct in the South-East Zone within this period. The governors and the security agencies are in agreement that appropriate action will be taken against anyone culpable.

10. We advise all residents of the South East to go about their normal businesses as the government of each state is committed to protecting everybody.

11. Finally, we advise our people in the South East to, please, be law abiding.

South-East Governors Hold Peace Talks With Nnamdi Kanu

South-East Governors Hold Peace Talks With Nnamdi Kanu

South-East governors on Wednesday met with Nnamdi Kanu and other leaders of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

Chairman of the forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, told reporters that the closed-door meeting, which held at the Government House in Enugu, was strictly a peace talk.

According to him, the governors have appealed to the leadership of IPOB and other concern citizens to allow them the opportunity to address the issues they have raised.

Governor Umahi said the forum would engage the IPOB leadership in its subsequent meetings to ensure all issues were amicably resolved.

The governors are in another closed-door meeting to discuss issues of common interest in the region.

South-South, South-East Governors Agree On Interregional Co-operation

Southeast and South South governors have agreed to pursue interregional cooperation for the economic benefits of both regions.

The leaders have also agreed to work together politically and realign as a people that share common heritage, culture and affinity.

They reached the agreement after a closed door meeting in Enugu.

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In attendance were the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; his counterpart from Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

Others were the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade.

Also at the meeting was the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the President of the Ohanaeze Nd’igbo, John Nwodo.

S/ East Governors Condemn Hate Speeches, Call For Implementation Of Confab Report

The Governors of Southeast states and members of the National Assembly both past and present have frowned at hate speeches threatening the peace of the nation, thereby calling for the restructuring of the nation.

The Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi who is the chairman of the forum asked the Federal Government to set up a structure to implement the 2014 National Conference report.

“Ndigbos are in support of a united Nigeria where peace love fairness, justice equity and equality of opportunity are paramount regardless of greed, ethnicity gender or political affiliations.

“We condemn all or conduct emanating from any segment of Nigeria.

“We back the restructuring of the federal republic Nigeria and we call on the federal and all Nigeria leaders to commence a process of dialogue among Nigerians on the modalities of achieving this pressing question with a reasonable time frame”

The governor also announced that the stakeholders will set up a body that will officially speak for the Igbos on political matters henceforth, assuring other Nigerians within their domain of their security.

Also in attendance at the meeting where stakeholders of the region, traditional rulers, clergy men amongst others.

The meeting was held behind closed doors in Enugu.