South East Governors have secured an agreement to boost the economic growth and development of the southeast region of Nigeria with an undertaking to construct a ring road covering about 430 kilometers that would connect all the states of the South East zone.
Addressing journalists at the end of one day meeting of the Governors in Enugu, chairman of the forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, said the ring road would connect all the states of the South East with a view to promoting economic development of the South East states and for ease of transportation system in the region, particularly for free movement of goods and services.
According to reports, the idea of constructing the ring road across South East Nigeria is being nurtured as a result of the apparent failure of the rail transportation in the zone, and also considering the huge agricultural activities by the people of the area and increased volume of traffic in the zone.
Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, his counterpart in Ebonyi and Abia States, Dave Umahi and Okezie Ikpeazu were present at the meeting while Imo State Governor, Rocha’s Okorocha was represented by his deputy Prince Eze Madumere.
The Ebonyi State governor further told newsmen that the meeting which lasted for several hours took presentation for gas pipelines across the South East region by Prof. Bart Nnaji of Aba Independent Power Project, and advised him to liaise with the Secretariat for further implementation with the presidency especially as it relates to right of way.
Governor Umahi said that the South East governors commended the ‘South East Gas Pipeline initiative’ by Mr. Berth Nnaji and were desirous on working with the consultant to boost the power sector in the zone through gas pipelines.
According to Governor Umahi, the forum further directed that the five South East States Chairmen of traditional Rulers Council to be invited for amicable resolution of their crisis in their next meeting.
On the burial of the former Vice President of the country, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Governor Umahi said they expressed deep appreciation to the governors and people of the South East for the able way they worked together to give the icon a befitting burial.