By Ewa Innocent, Abakaliki
The Southeast Governors Forum has maintained its earlier stand on RUGA, saying that there is no land in the South east zone for the RUGA programme.
This was one of the major highlights of the Forum meeting held in Enugu, over the weekend.
In a communique read by the chairman of the Forum, and governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. David Umahi, the Forum also resolved that the zone would key into the federal government community policing programme and in addition establish Forest guards in each state,with roads cleared up to 50 meters into the bush to have a clear view of the roads ahead.
Other resolutions reached at the meeting included; the review of the security situation in the zone by setting up both a committee and a centre for South East integrated Security Monitoring/Intelligence Gathering,to be located in Enugu.
The Security committee, according to the Forum, would also address the safety of fuel pipeline route to Enugu depot, to ensure that pumping of petroleum product in Enugu Depot resumes in the shortest possible time.
On the issue of agriculture which, South east zone have comparative advantage, Forum resolved to put funds together to fund the people of the area who are interested in Rice,Cassava, Cow rearing, poultry, fishery and other cash crops, and advised those interested to contact their state for engagement.
The South East Forum also reviewed the progress of South East Development Commission and noted that the people of the zone were excited about the commission and urged all stakeholders to expedite action to bring the commission to reality.
On the status of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the Forum commended governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, for his numerous interventions in addressing recent concerns raised by FAAN, and in ensuring that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport is functional,but however, raised concerns about the deplorable state of the Airport runway,and appealed to federal government to consider the numerous requests made to reconstruct the runway for the safety of the people.
The forum commended the Federal government on the steady progress of work on the 2nd Niger Bridge project, but appealed to the Federal government to take more meaningful action on the Enugu-Onitsha Road, Enugu-Port-Harcourt Road, Owerri-Onisha Road, Okigwe-Owerri Road and Owerri-Umuahia Road.
Still at the meeting, the Forum noted that Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi states have abundant oil and gas reserves which have not been fully explored.
The Forum called on the Federal government to show more commitment and commence intensive exploration and development of oil and gas resources in these states of the South East.
Present at the meeting were the governor of Enugu state,Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi state, David Umahi,and Abia state,Okezie Ikpeazi,while Imo and Anambra states were represented by their Deputy governors.