June 11, 2024

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South-East launches 2-day Economy and Security Summit in Owerri today, NGE applauds, hails Bayelsa gov also

A HISTORIC two-day “South-East Economic and Security Summit” opens in Owerri, Imo State capital, today.
It is an initiative of the South-East Governors’ Forum, currently chaired by Imo State governor Sen. Hope Uzodima.
Organizers working through the secretariat of the Forum’s director-general Sen. Uche Ekwunife, say the summit is the governors’ way of expressing worry over the prevailing lawlessness and general state of insecurity in the country, especially in the South–East.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE) has commended the governors’ initiatives to collectively address the challenges.
Similarly, the Guild also applauded efforts of the Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri, in infrastructure development and improving security in his state.
In a statement after its Standing Committee meeting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, NGE president Eze Anaba and general secretary Dr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren, say that government at all levels have the primary purpose of securing lives and property.
They note that prevailing situations in many states would appear to be an abdication of that sacred responsibility.
“The Guild has observed that the insecurity in these areas has led to the needless loss of hundreds of innocent lives, and has adversely affected social activities, as well as the nation’s economy.
‘’We hope that the security summit, which has been initiated by the governors in the (Southeast zone) – expected to feature major stakeholders — will help to address the issues,” the Guild charges.
The situation in the geopolitical zone remains a threat to the entire country and the editors express hope that the security summit will proffer lasting solutions to the menace.
Editors from across the country, who were in Bayelsa State for three days, also note that Gov. Diri has prioritized security and construction of roads to connect all the local government areas, including areas that were hitherto unreachable by road.
Among the key road projects completed or on-going, according to the Guild, are the Nembe-Brass road with huge commercial values, the Yenagoa- Southern Ijaw road, the Ekeremor-Sagbama road and the Igbogene-Ojopa dual-carriageway in the state capital, recently commissioned by the Sultan of Sokoto.