Briggs, others seek 100% resource control by South-South, South-East
Discussants at a summit in Owerri have canvassed 100 per cent resource control by the people of the South-East and South-South.
Those who spoke at the summit with the theme, ‘’Unlocking the potentials of South-East/South-South Nigeria,’’ organised by a group, South-East/South-South Network (SESSNet), held at Owerri, capital city of Imo State, included an environmental activist, Miss Ankio Briggs; erstwhile Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, represented by his Chief of Staff while in office, Prof. Stella Okunna; a former member of the 1979 and 1999 constitutional drafting committees, Elder Uma Eleazu; a member of the political affairs committee of the group, Tobechukwu Ezekwe; an activist, Olu Martin; the convener of the summit, Daniel Elombah, among others.
Obi insisted that good governance be entrenched in political administration of the governors in the zones, adding that transparency, cutting of cost, responsiveness and equity, among others, should be implemented by the governors.
Briggs said that the outcome of the committee on restructuring of the country, which turned in their report in 2013, must be implemented.
She opined that any request from any quarters requiring her to be patriotic as a Nigerian would only have her nod when 100 per cent ownership and control of resources in the 11 states of the two zones were authorised by the Federal Government.
The environmental activist, therefore, called for a collective resolve to ensure that less attention is given to other 22 states with increased attention to the 11 states in the two zones.
Eleazu, who regretted that about 3.8 million graduates were unemployed in the country, chided different youth groups in the zone agitating for same goals, warning that they would not achieve anything as they speak in different discordant tunes.
The convener, Elomba, said the import of the congregation was to discuss and streamline with direction the future of the young ones in the zone who should be prepared to take over from the old ones with renewed agitation for their political rights.
In another development, participants of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air War College Course 1 of 2016 yesterday concluded environmental study tour of Enugu State aimed at understudying the socio-economic and geo-political formations of the state.
The four-day tour, which is part of the college’s requirement to consolidate participants’ knowledge on socio-economic and geo-political study, was themed: “Socio-economic and Infrastructural Development Impact on Poverty Status.”
The Commandant, Air Vice Marshal John Baba, who led the team, stated that participants were in the state to expand their theoretical knowledge.