We’ve come up with economic blue-print for our region – S/East govs

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The governors of the South-East have agreed to set aside their differences and work for the economic integration of the region and welfare of the people.

The new Chairman of the forum, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, made this know after a meeting of the forum in Enugu on Sunday.

Umahi said such move was in the interest of the people.

He said the meeting, which was the first of its kind since the 2015 general elections, discussed burning issues as they affected the region, various states and Nigeria.

South East Governors in closed-door meeting with Nnia Nwodo

“One of such was security integration. We have agreed to compare notes to talk with our commissioners of police and other security agencies to do our security integration.

“This is to have a common ground on the fight against kidnapping, robbery and other vices in our various states.

South East Governors in closed-door meeting with Nnia Nwodo

We have realised that sometimes when a kidnap happens in Ebonyi State, for instance, they will be taken to another state of South-East,” he said.

According to him, such move will be a better and sure way to secure the lives and property of the people.

Umahi said that they agreed to put in place a peer review mechanism and proper economic integration in order to support the economic aspect of the people in the region.

He said that each of the governors would direct their commissioner in-charge of economic planning to come up with a blueprint for proper economic integration of the zone.

“We will come together, discuss and compare notes with the aid of consultants and come up with blueprints on how we can have proper economic integration of South-East.

“We have a lot of abundant wealth we can harness to better the lots of our people. It is for the interest of our people that we work together,” he said.

Umahi said that the forum was in support of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo under the leadership of Chief Nnia Nwodo, and urged the people to accord them maximum support.

“We advice our people to give them all the support necessary to excel so that they will continue to be a voice for cultural integration and welfare of our people,” Umahi said.

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