THE South East and South-South zones will turn out as exemplary models to be emulated by other zones if the present economic and development cooperation being pursued by the South East South South Professionals (SESSPN) yields the desired outcome.
Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, made the observation in a speech, Friday night at a joint reception organised by SESSPN for South East and South -South National Assembly principal officers and Federal Executive Council members at the banquet hall of the Concord Hotel, Owerri, Imo State.
The president of SESSPN, Mr. Emeka Ugwuoju stated that the reception was considered a platform for leaders from the both zones in the legislative and executive arms of government, councils and private sector to “meet and promote ideas that will facilitate the development of the regions.”
Ugwuoju said SESSPN has over the years developed a strategic architecture tagged DASESS 2035 for the development of the two zones, explaining that the agenda is “defined by the four pillars of manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and energy with ICT, housing, healthcare, education, security, and power as enablers.”
Applauding the concept of the agenda Anyaoku, who was the chairman of the event, stated, “with its mission to foster cooperation in planning and pursuit of economic development, SESSPN’s initiative clearly aims to reposition the two zones. This would be in keeping with the idea of restructuring Nigeria into a truer federalism with the existing six geopolitical zones becoming the federating units of a truer federal republic.
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