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2nd South South Economic Summit Postponed

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CALABAR, November 21, (THEWILL) - The second South-South Economic summit scheduled to host in Asaba, Delta State from 24th to 26th November has been postponed to next year.

This was disclosed by the Chairman, South-South Governors’ Forum and Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke in a communiqué issued at the end of the third ordinary session of their meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, explaining that they “had reviewed development in the region, especially the circumstances that led to the summit. Council decided that the postponed Economic Summit should now hold from March 15 to 17, 2012 at the same venue, Asaba”, adding that “it charged both the Delta State Government and the BRACED Commission to intensify efforts to ensure the success of the summit.”

On education, they stated that in considering the communiqué of the BRACED Commissioners for Education, they reaffirmed earlier decision to host a summit on Education next year in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, involving all stakeholders with the objective of finding a lasting solution to the problem of education in order to generate the required manpower necessary to derive sustainable development in the region.

The Governors also examined the communiqué of the BRACED Commissioners for Agriculture issued at the meeting of Tuesday, October 18, 2011 and urged the Commissioners to complete without delay the framework for the revival of agriculture in the region while directing the commissioners to undertake a feasibility study spanning from primary cropping, value addition to the market as well as the cost implication to guide states contribute to the agricultural fund.

“In considering strategies to further expand the economy, council recognized the abundance of marine resource in the region, but expressed disappointment on the complete neglect. Council therefore directed the BRACED Commission to include marine resource exploitation as one area of their focus,” the Governors added.

They however, expressed their appreciation to the Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Godswill Akpabio for his warm hospitality and the Director General of the commission, Ambassador Joe Keshi for the efforts made so far with the commission.

Those in attendance included Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Liyel Imoke of Cross River, Prof. Amos Utuama, Deputy Governor of Delta and Amb Joe Keshi, Director General, BRACED Commission.