“Relinquish All Federal Government Roads To Us”-South East/South South Governors

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Governor Udom Emmanuel reading the Communique shortly after the meeting of the South East/South South Governors Forum in Uyo Akwa Ibom State yesterday

Governors of the South East and South South States of Nigeria have called on the Federal Government to relinquish all roads in the zones to the state due to its years of neglect and poor state.

Rising from a meeting of the South South/South East Governors Forum held at the Hilltop Mansion, Government House, Uyo, Akwa State, the Forum reiterated its earlier decision to move in one direction that will be beneficial to the political and economic interests of the states.

The Governors being led in prayers to begin the meeting

The meeting which was chaired by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel had in attendance, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu State, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as well as Prof. Ivara Esu, Deputy Governor of Cross River State and Dr. Nkem Okeke Deputy Governor of Anambra State.

Reading the communique, Governor Udom Emmanuel stated “Worried about abysmal state of road infrastructure in the zones, the Forum proposed that the Federal Government relinquishes all federal roads to states where such rods are located and facilitate legislation that would ease concession of the roads. In the interim, the Forum appeals to the Federal Government to intervene urgently to improve on the current state of some critical infrastructural facilities located in the zone. Some of these facilities include : The Port Harcourt Airport, The Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, The Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Sam Mbakwe International Airport and several roads located in the zone.

“The Forum expressed concern with the fact that despite the increase in prices as well as production capacity of oil revenue accruing to the states do not reflect these current realities.

“Worried about abysmal state of road infrastructure in the zones, the Forum proposed that the Federal Government relinquishes all federal roads to states where such rods are located and facilitate legislation that would ease concession of the roads. In the interim, the Forum appeals to the Federal Government to intervene urgently to improve on the current state of some critical infrastructural facilities located in the zone. Some of these facilities include : The Port Harcourt Airport, The Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, The Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Sam Mbakwe International Airport and several roads located in the zone.

Forum noted the shoddy approach to infrastructural development by some intervention agencies of the Federal Government operating in the regions and appeal to the Federal Government to urge these agencies to liaise with the respective state governments in the identification and execution of such projects.

The Forum believes that this approach will ensure that the projects carried out by these intervention agencies are in sync with the development agenda of the respective states and will ultimately lead to better execution”

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