– Delta governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday, June 5 met and discussed on mutual interests
– Governor Obaseki stated that it was important for the governors of two states to discuss the issues of common interests
– Both states share the longest boundary and historical background
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday, June 5 met and discussed on how to deepen economic ties and improve on the security situation in the two states.
Legit.ng gathered that Governor Obaseki arrived Government House, Asaba with members of his executive council at about 1.06 pm and was received by Governor Okowa and his team. The meeting went into closed door and lasted for about 45 minutes.
“It was a meeting between brothers, friends who are now governors and more interesting is that, our states belonged to the old Bendel and he came with ideas that will move the two states forward,” Governor Okowa said.
While clarifying that it was not the first time the two governors were meeting to discuss in a convivial atmosphere, Governor Okowa asserted, “we want to leverage on our strong ties as members of old Bendel state to better the lot of our people.”
Governor Obaseki said in a brief speech, stated that it was important for the governors of two states to discuss the issues of common interests such as economy, security, energy, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), among others bearing in mind that both states share the longest boundary and their historical background.
According to him, “I am here to congratulate my friend and brother for his victory at the polls and successful inauguration for a second term; we came from the legacy Bendel state; we discussed economic cooperation between our two states.
“Today, Edo and Delta states could be the main power house of the country giving our energy and agricultural potentials; we looked into how to strenghten our economic ties and our participation in Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Edo and Delta (BRACED) commission.
“We looked at insecurity in our common borders, especially, communal clashes and general insecurity and we have agreed to ask the assistant inspector-general of police and the commissioners of police to come up with a plan to restore security in our states.”
He continued: “We also agreed to ask for the inauguration of the NDDC advisory committee of governors and also, to work with our colleagues to improve governance in the commission; we are of the view that based on the resources the commission receives, there is need for improvement in project conception, siting and execution because, nothing stops the commission from using 50 per cent of its resources to solve the energy problem of the region.
“Also, a regional master plan is necessary for implementation by the NDDC and we also looked at the area of energy as Delta, Edo, Ondo and Ekiti states are major stakeholders in BEDEC, so, we need to be proactive to strenghten BEDEC to provide electricity to our people and restructure the company so as to make it work efficiently for the region.”
Meanwhile, Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has stated that he is not against local government autonomy as being reported in a section of the media.
The governor made the clarification on Sunday, June 2, via a statement sent to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
The statement noted that Governor Ortom is one of the governors who supported constitutional amendment granting local governments autonomy.
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