By John Ighodaro
CALABAR—South South Governors met in Calabar, Cross River State, in a meeting that started Sunday night and spilled into Monday morning, to review the legal instrument for an Economic Commission, that would drive economic cooperation and integration in the region.
The meeting, which had four Governors in attendance, also deliberated on issues that had to do with the agenda for the second South-South Economic Summit, scheduled for Delta State in late January or early February 2011.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting in the early hours of yesterday, at the Government House, Calabar, the Director-General BRACED Commission, Ambassador Joe Keshi, said the Governors were in Calabar to review the legal instrument for the Economic Commission for the region and also review meeting of their last economic summit, which held in Tinapa, last year.
According to Amb. Keshi, who explained that BRACED is an acronym for Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta States, said “what the Governors did this (yesterday) evening was to review what we have been trying to do regarding BRACED Commission. The Governors also considered some of the agreement on the BRACED Commission that would soon be signed by the Governors.”
“They met to review the arrangement being made for the South-South Economic Summit, which will take place either late January or early February next year in Asaba, Delta State.”
He also disclosed that the Governors had chosen Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as the headquarters of the BRACED Commission.
He further explained that BRACED will be responsible for harmonising the economic integration policies of the six Niger Delta states.