South East Governors back economic revival of the zone, Anambra polls

From left: Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the DG of the South East Governors Forum Prof Simon Ortuanya, the Ebonyi State governor and Chairman of the Governors Forum, Dave Umahi and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Nnia Nwodo, at the Government House, Enugu.

THE South East Governors Forum is throwing its full weight behind securing infrastructure in the zone necessary to recreate the economy of the zone

At its meeting in Enugu Monday, the Forum stated that it has adopted the geometric power company on Aba power plant as “a model for our regional integration. We commend them and we throw our weight behind the success of that project.
”The geometric power company made a presentation to us on Aba power plant and we commend them highly for bringing the project up 99
per cent. They have completed the project, but they are just renovating some of the injection stations of the plant.”
In the communique read by the newly appointed Director General of the Forum, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, the governors revealed that there is a plan further boost the economies of each state.
“We, as Governors of the South East states have proposed to build five mega industrial clusters, one in each state and we have signified interest to benefit from the Asa gas project. We have therefore set up a committee to liaise with all the stakeholders in this respect.”

The Governors commended “Shell and her partner in the gas project at Asa, and I can assure you that this will assist the South East very highly.

”We have also taken notice of a number of gas clusters in South East and we have directed the economic team and the secretariat to get the list of the names and people that are in charge of the gas blocs so
that we can discuss with them towards developing it and ensuring that we partner with them for the benefit of our people.”

Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke with the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Nnia Nwodo at the meeting in Enugu State Government House

Outside economic matters, the Forum dispelled the speculations around the November governorship election in Anambra State and stated that, “we have also thrown our weight behind November 2017 governorship election in Anambra, and appeal to all stakeholders to ensure that we have a very peaceful election in Anambra.”
It condemned “the unfortunate incident at St Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu, where our Christian brothers and sisters were killed as they worshipped. We console the government and people of Anambra.”
The Forum restated its stance on the October 1 exit order issued to the Igbo residing in northern parts of the country. Acknowledging consultations with the apex socio cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the governors noted that “we have been in touch with the Federal Government and with our colleagues. Ohanaeze too has been in constant touch with our people in Northern Nigeria. We are assuring all our people in Northern Nigeria that in addition to our dialogue with the Federal Government we are also in liaison with the Northern Governors Forum to make sure that the lives and properties of our people are very secured. “With this government, and on this development, we will continue to monitor developments to ensure that no Igbo man living anywhere in this country is threatened, lives in fear or is disadvantaged.”

Inauguration of Forum Directorate

Earlier, the forum swore in the newly appointed officers of its Secretariat.
The chairman of the Governors Forum, charged them to do all that is within their means to ensure that the secretariat lived up its billing in the development process of the zone.
Those sworn in are the Director General Professor Simon Ortuanya, (Enugu State); Deputy Director, Onwubu Romson (Imo); Director of Admin and Finance, Nweke Orlando (Ebonyi); Director of Media and Communication Management, Michael Udah; Director of Projects, Engineer Chibuike Amaechi (Abia).


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