Emmanuel Is Interim Chairman of South-East/South-South Governors’ Forum

Mon, Jul 10, 2017 | By publisher


GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has been appointed the interim chairman of the joint South-East/South-South Governors’ Forum.

Emmanuel emerged chairman at the first meeting of the forum held late Sunday, July 9, night at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu.

The governor told newsmen at the end of the closed door meeting that governors from the two zones had decided to pursue inter-regional cooperation for greater integration.

Besides, he said that the leaders of the two zones had agreed to realign as a people that share a common heritage, culture and affinity.

“Having reviewed the state of the nation, particularly as it affects us in the South-South and South-East regions, we have agreed to pursue inter-regional cooperation.

“This will be for integration and for the economic benefit of the two regions. We also have resolved to politically work together and realign as a people that shared common heritage, culture and affinity,” he said.

Emmanuel said that he was unanimously chosen as the interim chairman by other governors, adding that their next meeting would hold in Port Harcourt on August 27.

The governors of Abia, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Cross River and Rivers state, attended the meeting; while the deputy governor of Anambra State represented the governor.

—  Jul 10, 2017 @ 11:50 GMT