By VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA-GOVERNORS of the five South-East states and other political leaders in the zone are to meet President Goodluck Jonathan today in Abuja to discuss problems facing the zone, especially the issue of the collapsed federal road networks, the proposed second Niger Bridge and upgrading the Enugu Airport to international status.
The governors, under the auspices of the South East Governors’ Forum presided over by their chairman and governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, met in Enugu yesterday to fine tune their programme for the visit. They are expected to move together from Enugu to the federal capital for the meeting.
Vanguard gathered that the visit became necessary following pressures on the governors by their people on the need for the president to fulfill his campaign promises to the zone.
Most worrisome to the people is the deplorable condition of the Onitsha-Enugu and Enugu-Port Harcourt highways which have become nightmares to motorists.
Also to be discussed with the president is the second Niger Bridge which he promised to execute during his tenure, as well as the need to fully upgrade Enugu Airport for international flights.
It was gathered that the governors would also use the occasion to commend the president for releasing funds recently for erosion control in the zone, as well as appointments offered to people from the zone.
Recently, Governor Obi had to seek approval of the Federal Government to rehabilitate portions of the Onitsha-Enugu expressway to alleviate the suffering of motorists on the road.