By SAMUEL OYADONGHA
The South-south governors, Friday, converged in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, to fine tune strategy on the process of economic cooperation and integration of the states in the zone.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to the Lagos-Calabar rail line and development of roads in the region and agreed to consult with the Federal Government and other stakeholders on how best to achieve the proposed rail line in the coming years.
Though the governors of Edo and Akwa Ibom were absent from the session which is a prelude to the 2nd South-south Economic Summit slated for Asaba, Delta State from 24-26 November, 2011, the meeting had in attendance the host governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan of Delta State and Ambassador Joe Keshi, Director General, BRACED Commission. The parley was presided over by the chairman of the South South Governors Forum, Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State.
Aside considering the presentations for the proposed South-South Economic Summit, which is expected to focus more practical emphasis on the process of economic cooperation and integration of the states, the governors emphasized the need to encourage the private sector participation at the forthcoming summit.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the second ordinary session of the Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta (BRACED) meeting, which dragged into the early hours of yesterday, the governors also