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  • Updated: May 01, 2024

South-South governors meet in Yenagoa, lament poor power supply

South-South governors meet in Yenagoa, lament poor power sup

Governors from the South-South states, under the aegis og the BRACED (Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo, and Delta) Commission, gathered in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa, for a crucial meeting on Tuesday.

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa hosted the meeting, attended by notable figures including Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Deputy Governor Monday Onyeme representing Delta State, and Deputy Governor Akon Eyakenyi from Akwa Ibom State.

Also, Rivers State Governor Sim Fubara delegated two representatives to participate.

In a statement delivered by Obaseki, the commission's chairman, concerns were raised regarding the persistently inadequate electricity supply in the region.

The commission emphasized the significant investments made by member-states in the power sector over the years and urged closer collaboration between power companies and state governments to address the issue effectively.

“It also called on the federal government to embark on a comprehensive review of the power sector, particularly with reference to transmission.

“While commending President Bola Tinubu for approving the construction of the coastal road from Lagos to Calabar, the commission called on the federal government to expedite work on the East-West road.

“It also stressed the need for member-states to develop better regional interconnectivity through road, rail, water and air systems.

“It equally condemned the March 14 killing of 17 military officers at Okuama community in Delta State and expressed its condolences to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,” it read.

The governors also commiserated with the military hierarchy and the families of the slain officers.

They called on the federal government to establish a high-powered commission of inquiry to investigate what transpired and prevent similar occurrences in the future.

The commission commended the federal government for establishing the National Agriculture Fund and looks forward to working with the agency to improve the region’s economic development, particularly in agro-entrepreneurship and food sufficiency.

The BRACED commission welcomed the ongoing efforts of member-states to promote financial literacy and skills acquisition among women and youths.

It also commended the Bayelsa State government for cooperating with the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNDOC) to build a peace architecture to curb crimes and prevent violence in the state and discussed modalities for expanding the programme.

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