David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The United Progressive Party (UPP) has expressed happiness over the South-east, South-south Governors meeting in Enugu on regional integration.
The party made the commendation in a press release signed by the national chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie.
The party said the meeting was a welcome development that would boost social, economic and political development of the geopolitical zones.
It said the meeting 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.
Part of the press release reads, “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 peopleâ€™s standards of living and make the region the great arsenal of democracy in Nigeria and economic nerve centre of Africa.”
It also added that 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.
It recommended 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.