South east governors optimistic about new state


Governors and political leaders from the South-east geo-po­litical zone met yesterday in Enugu and expressed confidence that an additional state will be created in the zone before the end of the present administration.

The meeting which held behind closed doors at the Enugu State Government House also expressed satisfaction over the performance of delegates from the region at the just concluded National Conference.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Chairman, South-east Governors Forum, Chief Theodore Orji of Abia State, said,”We met to review the outcome of the just concluded confab. We summoned the meeting to find out whether what we discussed with the delegates before they went for the Confab is exactly what happened.

“Those delegates did very well in articulating our points. Those points are contained in a document that had been presented to the President. Prominent among them is the issue of creation of states. It is sensitive to the zone, and they were in a position to argue for additional state for the South-east zone.

“Topmost is to give us, one additional state, to bring us at par with other zones in the country. So, we are happy with them, and that is why we have come to get briefs from them. They have told us, and we are satisfied. If there are amendments, they will come later.”

On the issue of security, Governor Orji said,”We are doing our best to ensure that every state in the South-east is putting all in place to make sure that lives and property are protected. You can attest that there is a decrease in the incidence of kidnapping, armed robbery in this part of the zone.

“It is as a result of efforts the South-east governors are mak­ing. The last time we met here, we told you that we are making efforts jointly to purchase a tracking equipment that will boost security in the region. The effort is still on. When it comes on board, it will help us.”

Governors in attendance were the host, Sullivan Chime,Enugu State, Martin Elechi, Ebonyi, Deputy Governor, Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere and Chief Willie Obiano of Anambra State.

Other dignitaries include; Senator Uche Chukwumerije, Senator Ayogu Eze, Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Barr. Eugene Odoh, Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi, National Vice Chairman, PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu, Min­ister for Labour and Produc­tivity, Chief Emeka Nwogu.

Source: Sun


Publish Date: 

Sunday, 21 September 2014