In the light of creating a mutual relationship and to foster regional partnership amongst Eastern and Southern states, a new group known as South East and South Governors forum, met on Sunday to politically work together and realign as a people that shared common heritage, culture and affinity.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State was appointed as the chairman of the forum held late Sunday night at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu.
Speaking with Newsmen, Udom said that the Governors from the two regions decided to come together to pursue inter-regional cooperation for greater integration.
Udom said that the two regions had agreed to politically work together and realign as a people that shared common heritage, culture and affinity.
‘’having reviewed the state of the nation particularly as it affects us in the south south and south east regions, we have agreed to pursue inter-regional cooperation.
This will be for integration and for the economic benefit of the two regions.
He also said that he was unanimously chosen as the interim chairman by his brothers Governors, adding that their next meeting would hold in Port-Harcourt on August 27.
Present at the meeting were the Governors of Abia, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Cross River and Rivers, while the Governor of Anambra was represented by his deputy.