Emeka Ugwuoju, Preisdent, South-east/South-south Professional of Nigeria
By Obinna Chima
The South-east/South-south Professional of Nigeria said it is assiduously working towards creating a 10- year development plan for both regions.
President of the association, Mr. Emeka Ugwu-oju, said this in an interview with journalists on the sideline of an event organised to honour its former president, late Dr Ike Abugu who was among those affected by the ill-fated Dana Air crash as well as the Director, Corporate Communications, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Ugochukwu Okoroafor in Lagos.
To this end, Ugwu-oju said a forum where stakeholders and other interest groups in both regions would be allowed to contribute on the matter would be held before the end of the year.
He explained: “Our main agenda for 2013 is the South-east South-south development Forum. What we are going to come out with is a minimum of ten-year development plan for the development of the region. What we are trying to do, which is going to be different from what others have been doing is that most of the work would be done before the forum.
“The forum will just be for stakeholders to agree to the agenda so that at the end of the day implementation becomes something that everybody had agreed on. Federal, state and local government institutions, pressure groups and the private sector would all be carried along.”
Ugwu-oju stated that the move would eliminate disparity among states in the two regions.
“We want to have a long-term plan so that any government that comes will have something to work with. We are not interested in individual agenda, but a group agenda,” he added.
In his contribution, the Deputy Governor, Corporate Services, CBN, Alhaji Suleiman Barau, commended members of the association over the plan. According to him, the association is important to continue to foster unity in the country.