Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State, fresh from the South-South Governors’ Forum (SSGF) meeting in Edo State, where Governor Godwin Obaseki was re-elected chairman, has provided insights into the rationale behind this decision,leadership report.
LEADERSHIP Weekend learned that governors from the South-South geopolitical zone, comprising Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo, and Delta states (BRACED Commission), recommitted to their collaborative efforts for the overall development of the region under Obaseki’s leadership.
Addressing the press at the Victor Attah International Airport in Uyo upon his return from the Edo summit, Governor Eno revealed significant resolutions reached by the six South-South governors. He emphasized their collective decision to set aside political party affiliations and unite under Obaseki’s leadership, fostering ties with the central government led by President Bola Tinubu, ensuring unwavering support for the federal administration.
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“We also have to look at what we can benefit from one another; we can benefit from what we refer to as ‘economy of scale’ by drawing strength from each other.
“We also pledged our support to the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Federal Government because we must establish that partnership to be able to bring development to our people,” he explained.
Governor Eno further outlined the collaborative focus areas identified during the meeting, highlighting infrastructure, security, trade, and commerce as key aspects of development that could be enhanced through joint efforts.
“There are areas within the South/South region like the East-West Road linking all the states. We need to cooperate on commerce and trade. We need to cooperate in the area of security and we need to collaborate in the area of infrastructure. Those are the things we have to look at to foster development within our region,” he added.