The United Progressive Party (UPP) commends the South-East, South-South Governors on the success of their recent meeting in Enugu on regional integration.
It is a welcome development that will boost social, economic and political development of the geopolitical zones. It will also foster love, peace, and unity among the people and strengthen old ties needed in building a strong, virile, progressive and prosperous democratic society.
The need to address the infrastructural decay, security challenges and provide dividends of democracy to the longsuffering people of the region cannot be overemphasized. This is in tandem with the provision of Section 14(2)b of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which states, “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.
The Governors should articulate policies and implement developmental projects that will raise the people’s standards of living and make the region the great arsenal of democracy in Nigeria and economic nerve centre of Africa.
The public clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria may begin to have expression from the synergy of the nine states that constitute the South-East, South-South geopolitical zones. We recommend that the region may embark as a matter of urgency on the energy needs of the area by disengaging the collaborating geopolitical zones from the malaise of the so-called national grid and install a more productive and economically enhancing electricity projects for the zones that will definitely trigger off economic growth and job creation of unprecedented proportion.
There are definitely other areas of mutual benefits that will make the region an investment destination and tourist attraction to foreigners and Nigerians alike. This wonderful initiative and opportunity must not be lost. History will be kind and generous to the present Governors of the South-East, South-South geopolitical zones who have demonstrated the wisdom to embark on this mission.
The United Progressive Party congratulates the two geopolitical zones and promises to contribute its own quota in actualizing the vision and mission of this initiative.
Chief Dr. Chekwas Okorie