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South-East govs seek action on insecurity in North

THE South-East Governors Forum has called on stakeholders in northern parts of the country to tackle the high rate of insecurity in their region.

Rising from their meeting in Enugu yesterday, the chairman of the forum and Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, urged the stakeholders to put in place a necessary machinery so as to ensure security in the zone.

They decried incessant killings and destruction of property in the area, resulting from incessant bombings and called on youths to embrace peace to secure the country’s unity.

On the deplorable condition of roads in the South East Zone, Obi said that the forum had mapped out plans on how to redress the ugly situation in the area.

He stated that the numerous erosion sites in the zone had been catalogued and presented to the Federal Government, stressing that he was aware that some contracts had been awarded to tackle the menace.

Obi pointed out that the meeting reviewed ongoing jobs in the area and would make further presentations to ensure their speedy completion.

On the minimum wage, he said that the zone would not go back on its earlier decision to implement it in line with the Federal Government’s directive, stressing that it was the first to agree to pay the new wage.

The governor who refused to disclose other details of their meeting stated that it was a short one.

The meeting was attended by Governors Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Peter Obi (Anambra), Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Martin Elechi (Ebonyi). Abia Governor, Theodore Orji was not present.

Meanwhile, in furtherance of his promises to provide social amenities to Anambra citizens, Obi has kicked off the construction of two water projects in the state capital, Awka at the cost of N128,573,840.28.

The contracts handled separately by two firms included Greater Awka (Aroma) water scheme valued at N78,552,140.8 and executed by Olimax International Group of Companies Nigeria Ltd, while Regibel Ltd is to build the Okika/Udoka water supply scheme at the sum of N50,021,700.

In his speech on the occasion, which was held at the weekend in Awka, Obi commended international agencies in their efforts to partner Anambra in the provision of amenities, adding that they had maintained strong relationship with the state government and the citizens.

He disclosed that his administration was committed to transforming Awka through the rehabilitation and construction of structures including roads and housing estates.

He strongly charged the citizenry to eschew rascality and looting and called for a peaceful environment to encourage influx of investors and industrialists.


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