Governors from the South-east and the South-south geo-political zones have resolved to politically work together, as a people that share the same culture and affinity.
The Akwa Ibom state governor, Emmanuel Udom stated this while addressing journalists at the end of a meeting which hosted governors of the region at the Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu.
The meeting ended with a call for inter-regional cooperation and integration.
In his welcome address, the host, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was pleased that the meeting was held at a time when claims were being made that the eastern railway corridor was excluded from the national railway network to be constructed with a $5 billion loan from Chinese Exim Bank.
“This meeting is not only an epochal reunion but home coming for all of us including Edo and Delta states which were formerly in the Mid Western region. The meeting is also to fundamentally help us understand and set a common regional agenda. The essence of government is the welfare of the people.
“It is also against this background that this meeting became not only providential but essential as both South-east and South-south cooperation will engender economic prosperity. Working together, we stand to gain our due share from the country.
“As at today, only 9 percent of power generated is allocated to both south east and south south and the tourism sector is under developed.
“I believe that progressive ideas will flow as we progress, there will be a dawn of new Era arising from the the new cooperation between the South south and the South east,” Ugwuanyi said.
Those present at the meeting were the Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Imo, Bayelsa and Enugu Governors.
Anambra State was represented by the Deputy Governor.