South-East and South-South governors have resolved to pursue inter-regional cooperation for the economic benefit of the two regions.
The governors also reviewed the current state of the nation.
The chairman of the meeting Emmanuel Udom while reading a communique after their meeting on Monday, July 10, said the the governors in the region have agreed to work together to realign as a people with common cultural heritage and affinities.
Also, the host of the meeting Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Enugu state governor had described the meeting as the first in the present dispensation.
Ugwuanyi said the meeting will result to a mutual cooperation between the people of the South-East and South-South.
Meanwhile the Ebonyi state governor David Umahi in a statement signed by his chief press secretary Emmanuel Uzor said the meeting was aimed at brainstorming on salient issues affecting the two regions.
“We are meeting as brothers to talk about regional integration and find lasting solution to intermittent outbreak of interstate clashes arising from boundary disputes among the two regions.
“We are also talking about economic survival of the two regions and look at possible ways of bringing our ingenuity and making use of our huge deposit of both human and natural resources to attain economic viable zones in Nigeria,” Uzor said.
“There is also need to discuss security, peace and unity of the two regions and find lasting solution to various salient issues that affect our unity in Nigeria.
“It is a meeting born out of love and desire to find cohesion among the two regions and I am happy that my brother governors responded to the call even at the short notice given to them. In other words, we are discussing regional and national interest.”
After this first meeting, the governors also agreed that their next meeting will be held in port Harcourt, Rivers state on August 27.
Eight governors present at the meeting include: Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa-Ibom), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), and Nyesom Nike (Rivers).
Others are Okezie Ikpazu (Abia), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Anambra Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, who represented Governor Willie Obiano.
However, governors Ifeanyi Okowa and Godwin Obaseki of Delta and Edo states were absent.
It was earlier reported that the governors met in Enugu on Sunday, July 9, evening.
The meeting was initiated after governor and leaders from other regions had met at different times over the growing agitation from various region of Nigeria.
It was initially gathered that the meeting was also focused at addressing the recent agitation for the freedom of Biafra and to also form a formidable alliance to pressure the federal government of the need for a restructured Nigeria.