COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS’ FORUM AT THE END OF THEIR MEETING HELD ON THE 28TH DAY OF JULY, 2019 AT THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, LION BUILDING, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ENUGU.

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS’ FORUM AT THE END OF THEIR MEETING HELD ON THE 28TH DAY OF JULY, 2019 AT THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, LION BUILDING, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ENUGU.

 

 

 

 

 

1. The Forum congratulated Their Excellencies, The Governors of Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi states on their resounding victories at the last General Elections.

2. That the Forum would key into the Federal Government’s Community Policing program and that Forest Guards would be established in each state and roads cleared up to 50 meters into the bush to have a clear view of the roads ahead.

3. That the South East Governors reviewed the Security situation in the Zone and in response to emerging security challenges decided to set up both a Committee and a Center for South East Integrated Security Monitoring/Intelligence Gathering to be centrally located in Enugu.

4. The Security Committee will also address the safety of fuel pipeline route to Enugu Depot to ensure that pumping of petroleum products in Enugu Depot resumes in the shortest possible time.

5. On the issue of RUGA, the Forum maintains its earlier decision that there is no land in the South East for the RUGA program.

6. South East Governors’ Forum discussed extensively the comparative advantage of agriculture and the attendant benefits in the South East. The Forum therefore resolved to put funds together to fund our people who are interested in Rice, Cassava, Cow rearing, Piggery, Goat rearing, Poultry, Fishery, and some other cash crops permitted by our soil. The Forum advised South East people, who are interested in going into these areas to contact their states for further engagement.

7. The Forum reviewed the progress of the South East Development Commission and noted that our people are excited about the Commission and urge all stakeholders to kindly expedite action to bring the Commission to a reality.

8. On the status of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Forum commended the Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for his numerous interventions in addressing recent concerns raised by FAAN and in ensuring that the airport is functional. However we are highly concerned about the deplorable state of the Airport runway and we plead with the Federal Government to consider our numerous requests in reconstructing the runway for the safety of our people.

9. Forum while calling on the Federal Government to take more meaningful action on the Enugu - Onitsha Road, Enugu- PH Road, Owerri - Onitsha Road, Okigwe- Owerri Road and Owerri - Umuahia Road, at the same time, we commend the Federal Government on the steady progress on the 2nd Niger Bridge Project.

10. The Forum noted that Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi States have abundant oil and gas reserves which have not been fully explored. The Forum therefore calls on the Federal Government to show more commitment and commence intensive exploration and development of oil and gas resources in these states of the South East.

11. The Forum received update from the SEREDEC represented by Prof. Barth Nnaji on infrastructure developments in the South East Zone especially in medical tourism. The Forum further received presentations from MOTOROLA CORPORATION LTD on ways of enhancing security in the South East Zone. The Forum considered the setting up of the South East Security Trust Fund as well as design modalities for Community Policing in the South East states. There was also presentation from the Nigeria Gas Company with a view to distributing gas pipelines network in the South East region.

The meeting was chaired by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State while Governors Okezie Ikpeazu and host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Abia and Enugu states respectively were also in attendance. 
Imo and Anambra states were represented by their Deputy Governors, Engr. Gerald Irona and Dr. Nkem Okeke, respectively.

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