South East Govs Ask Their State Houses Of Assembly To Kick Start Processes For Law Establishing Joint Security



By Nnamdi Emeka

Enugu---------The five governors of the South East have agreed to encourage their state Houses of Assembly to process security laws that would crystallise into the Southeast Joint Security Programme.

This was part of the resolutions of the South East Governors  Forum, SEGF, in Enugu Sunday. The governors however kept mum on the burning issue of influx of northern youths into the southeast geopolitical zone.

The governors lamented that the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, failed to keep to the agreement reached with him on the composition of the Police Community policing committees during a meeting with him on the issue in Enufu, pointing out that they would not keep their own part of the bargain until he kept his promise. 

"In the circumstance, we cannot begin to think of it until the programme reflects our earlier agreement," the governors said.

They further said, "The Southeast governors and their leaders request the IGP to revert to our initial agreement reached on Community Policing at Enugu.

 "All Igbo' living outside Igbo land should obey all extant Covid 19 orders; namely Presidential directive on inter state movement, WHO, NCDC hygiene protocols, Presidential Task Force and directives of South East governors and fictive of all governors where they live."

They however agreed to further engage the NCDC to scale up the testing of coronavirus in South East.

Commenting on the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu which had been under repair for over eight months now, the governors  assured that with the progress of work there so far,, they were hopeful that the Airport would reopen soonest, subject to Coronavirus pandemic lockdown which has paralysed economic activities across that globe. 

According to them,  the chairman of South East Governors Committee on the Rehabilitation of the airport, Chris Okoye briefed them on progress of work on the Airport.

They then commended the President,  the Minister of Aviation, the governor of Enugu state, other governors of the Southeast and the committee among others over the development.

They also commended the President, the Minister of Work, and the governor of Anambra state on the progress of work on the second Niger Bridge.

Furthermore, the governors said they had agreed to to hold a virtual meeting with the Group Managing Director of the NNPC on the issue of linking "our South East state capitals with gas pipelines along side with the pipeline programme of the Federal Government which is running from Imo state to Lagos state, and asked the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to submit a working paper in their next meeting on setting up of South East Stabilization Fund.

Those who attended the meeting included the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, the deputy governors of Abia and Anambra  states represented their principals respectively. 

Igbo leaders who attended the meeting included the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief NNia Nwodo, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Jim Nwodo among others.