Declare emergency on roads, South-East leaders tell Buhari

South-East governors and other leaders from the zone on Thursday visited President Muhammadu Buhari and asked him to declare a state of emergency on roads and erosion in the region.

The Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, in an interview with State House correspondents said they also sought a special fund for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu State.

He said, “We are here to urge Mr President to approve special fund for the Akanu Ibiam Airport just like what was done for the Abuja airport.”

According to him, the closure of the Enugu airport has grounded activities in the region and causing great hardship on the people.

The meeting held behind closed doors as journalists were asked to leave the Council Chamber.

 In attendance were Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia; Emeka Ihedioha of Imo; Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; and the Senate Minority Leader representing South East caucus in the National Assembly, Senator Sam Egwu.

 Others were a former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, former governors Martin Elechi, Ebonyi State; Okwesilieze Nwodo, Enugu State; Sullivan Chime, Enugu State; Achike Udenwa, Imo; and Ikedi Ohakim, Imo.

 Also at the meeting were Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu; Eric Nwankwo; former Daily Times Managing Director, Onyeama Ugochukwu; Ochiagha Regan Ufomba; Prof. Chigozie Ogbu; and President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, among others.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, were also in attendance.
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