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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS’ FORUM

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS’ FORUM

AGREEMENT:

1. Joint air operation to flush out bandits from all forests in the South East and to make it a continuous one;

2. Restrain foot movement of herdsmen and their cattle from one state to another;

3. Restrain foot movement of cattle and herdsmen from communities to communities across farmlands;

4. Commend Enugu state Governor on the establishment of forest guards in Enugu state and we encourage the remaining South East Governors to lunch theirs;

5. South East Governors have banned herdsmen who move about with AK47 guns and cutlass and we want our security agencies to implement same;

6. South East Governors never invited the Army nor were South East Governors informed on any of their Operation Python Dance until the operations were already started in the states;

7. South East Governors to write Mr. President to request for a meeting with him and all the service chiefs on security to douse tension in the region;

8. We the South East Governors acknowledge the safety reasons given by the Hon. Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Abubukar and WE SUPPORT HIM FOR CLOSING THE AKANU IBIAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to save lives of our people and our visitors;

9. Hon. Minister of Aviation has assured us that the Akanu Ibiam International airport would be reconstructed to meet the Abuja International Airport standard. The run-way shall be extended, damaged tarmac rebuilt, new landing equipment with night landing light installed and renovation work SHALL BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER, 2019;

10. Also the Sam Mbakwe airport in Owerri will be given face lift to accommodate flights that would be diverted from Enugu airport to Owerri airport;

11.Pallative and security measures to be worked out between FAAN, Ministry of aviation, South East Governors, security agencies and FMoW to ease out inconveniences and make the routes safe through a joint committee;

12.South East Governors have set up two committees to interface with ministry of aviation, FAAN, security agencies and federal ministry of works;

(a) South East security committee members with Rtd. Major General Obi Umahi as Chairman;

(b) South East Project supervision and implementation of palliative measures with 5 commisioners of works from 5 South East states,

Prof. Fred Eze representing Ohaneze Ndigbo, Arch Bishop Fred Ede representing the clergy and representative of Nzuko Umunna Engr. Chris Okoye as the Chairman.

(c) South East Governors inaugurated her joint security commission to be located in Enugu state.

The committee members are:

(i) Major General Abel Obi Umahi (Rtd)-Chairman

(ii) Capt. Awa Agwu (Rtd.)- Member

(iii) IGP Ogbonnaya Onovo (Rtd.)-Member

(iv) CP. Ikechukwu Aduba (Rtd.)-Member

(v) Mr. Raymond Nkemdirim-Member

13.South East Governors and security agencies to patrol all routes leading to where flights will be diverted from Enugu and also provide escorts to all travelers to the airports;

14. South East Governors appreciate the representatives of Hon. Minister of works and housing and MD of FERMA. WE however request that we be informed on the palliative measures on our routes to Owerri and Asaba airport.

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