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‘We have no Amotekun plan’

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IT would be recalled that SOUTH East Governors Forum had earlier debunked rumours making the rounds that the body has a plan to join forces with the joint security outfit of their South West counterparts, Amotekun.

  In the communiqué issued after their meeting in Enugu and read by chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, the body explained that they were first in the country to form a Joint Security Committee and as such cannot be imitating or planning to join any other zone for that matter.

  According to the communiqué, South East Governors had formed their South East Joint Security Committee on July 28, 2019, and inaugurated it on August 31, 2019, months before the formation and inauguration of the South West security outfit.

 The communiqué further explained the satisfaction of the forum with the arrangements made by the security committee that will lead to South East state Houses of Assembly to enact a law to back up the South East security programme with a name to the outfit.

 It revealed that the forum had written to the federal government in this respect and will be inviting the federal government to note the details of the joint security programme.

  The communiqué states, “we wish to assure our people that we have our state vigilante and the forest guards in all the South East states, who work with security agencies daily in our various communities for protection of lives and property.

  The forum used the opportunity to tackle some other critical issues affecting the zone. For instance, the South East Governors took a brief on the on-going rehabilitation work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu from the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Chairman of Works Committee of the South East Governors on the project, Sir Chris Okoye.

  They noted the quality and speedy progress of work by the contractor and expressed satisfaction with the progress so far made.

 The governors commended President Buhari for his prompt response in full release of special funding for the project. They also commended the governor of Enugu State for making more land available and his commitment in the overall success of the project.

 The forum also took brief from the governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu on the rehabilitation of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Federal Highway that is on-going and the Enyimba Economic City.

  Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by his deputy, Nkem Okeke briefed the forum on the progress of work at the second Niger Bridge.

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