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S-East govs to inaugurate council on state creation

By Chidi Nkwopara& Vincent Ujumadu

OWERRI— Governors of the South East geo-political zone have agreed to inaugurate an Elders Council to among other things, harmonise issues and agitations for a consensus state to be created for the zone.

The Governor of Anambra State, who doubles as Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, Mr. Peter Obi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, held at Governor Ikedi Ohakim’s country home, Okohia, Isiala Mbano Local government Area of Imo State.

He further explained that the Elders Council, when fully operational, would also be expected to advice the governors on how the region would be adequately represented in the country.

The South East Governors’ Forum, which was attended by Governors of Abia, Chief Theodore Orji, Anambra, Mr. Peter Obi and Imo, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, agreed that the South East Elders Council would be constituted early next year to properly advice the governors on how best to get one state added to the current five.

According to Governor Obi, the South East Economic Council, which will look into the joint investment within the zone will also take-off next year.

The South East governors also agreed to continue to jointly review the strategies put in place to ensure that the improved security situation in the area emerges the best in the country, which he said would bring more investment to the zone.

On the ailing health of President Umaru Yar’Adua, the South East governors urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the quick recovery of the President.

Meanwhile, Governor Ohakim has promised completion of the independent power plant at Izombe to improve public power supply in the state.

Ohakim who made the promise while interacting with community leaders on a visit to his country home,  explained that when the two sub-stations at Anara and Ideato North are completed, power shortage in Imo State would be a thing of the past.


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