THE Federal Government has been urged to shift attention to the deteriorating infrastructure in the South East, especially the roads.
At the end of an enlarged meeting of the South East Governors Forum on Sunday at the Enugu State Government House, the Governors, members of the National Assembly from the South East, the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Speakers of South East states Houses of Assembly asked the Federal Governments to fix the roads with the advent of the dry season.
In a 5-point communique read by the Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, the meeting also noted the poor state of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and requested “that urgent steps be taken to address the problems at the Airport.”
On the November 18 governorship election in Anambra, the meeting stated it’s satisfaction at the “readiness of Anambra people to come out en-mass and participate.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was urged to ensure that there is no shifting of the date of the election, which should take place as scheduled.
The governors meanwhile confirmed a three day (11th to 13th, November 2017) South East Economic Summit with support and partnership with DFID.
It also approved the visit of Brenhurst Foundation of South Africa to the zone from November 6th to 11th on economic mission.
The National Assembly team was led by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu while Ohanaeze was led by its President General John Nnia Nwodo. In attendance also were the Speaker of the Ebonyi House of Assembly Francis Nwifuru and his Enugu State counterpart, Edward Obosi.
The text of the communique reads:
1. Approved the South East Economic Summit with support and partnership with DFID from 11th to 13th, November 2017.
2. Approved the visit of Brenhurst Foundation of South Africa to the South East from 6th to 11th November, 2017 on economic mission to the South East.
3. Further to our meeting with Mr. President earlier in the month (of October) on the deplorable state of infrastructure in the South East especially Federal Roads such as Enugu-9th Mile-Onitsha Road, Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road, Okigwe-Owerri Road and 9th Mile-Makurdi Express Road. The meeting called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps in repairing the roads especially at this dry season.
4. Equally of importance is the deplorable state of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport especially the runway, terminal buildings and cargo shelter. We request that urgent steps be taken to address the problems at the Airport.
5. The meeting expressed satisfaction at the willingness and readiness of Anambra people to come out enmass and participate in the November 18, 2017 Governorship election and therefore urged INEC (Independent National Electoral
Commission) to ensure that the election takes place as scheduled. No shifting of the date of the election.