October 9, 2017

Youth Agenda: South-East, South-South govs meet in Owerri

Youth Agenda: South-East,  South-South govs meet in Owerri

From right, Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Rochas Okorocha (Imo); and Willie Obiano (Anambra) during a meeting of the South East Governors Forum at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

By Chinonso Alozie

Owerri—Governors of the South-East and South-South regions, yesterday, started arriving in Imo State for a meeting on the challenges facing youths in the regions.

According to the inaugural speech by the host governor, Rochas Okorocha, the outcome of the meeting will not be a disappointment to their people.

Governor Okorocha said: “Again, as we are meeting here in Owerri, the rest of Nigerians and the world are waiting to hear what will be the outcome of this august meeting.

“And I want to say that we won’t disappoint. With God on our side, we shall come up at the end of the exercise with opinions and ideas that will, to a large extent, help our states individually and collectively and also help our nation greatly.”

Governor Okorocha’s speech also captured the view of his Akwa Ibom counterpart, Udom Emmanuel, as the chairman of the South-East and South-South forum, that the meeting will be used to give hope to the youths in the two regions.

He said: “This is the best time for us to think outside the box. This is the time for us to also encourage our youths and give them hope.

“We must consolidate on the unity of the states involved and that of the nation at large. And if you ask me, I will request that the constitution be amended to create a provision that will make governors go to states other than theirs to serve for three months.

“By so doing, we will further be strengthening our unity.”