The South-East zone, on Sunday, declared that it would not implement the community policing template rolled out by the police hierarchy.
This was contained in a communiqué presented by the zone after their enlarged meeting in Enugu.
The communiqué was read by chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi.
Enugunow reports that he was flanked by the host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, their Imo State counterpart, Senator Hope Uzodimma, Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Ikem Okeke, his Abia State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, The Obi of Onitsha, HRM Igwe Alfred Achebe, Senator Dr. Jim Nwobodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Southeast, Bishop Godwin Okafor, among others.
They accused the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Adamu Abubakar of going contrary to earlier agreement they reached on the matter.
“The recent communication from the Inspector General of Police to our governors on community policing composition is not in keeping with the agreement we reached with him during his last visit to the South-East.
“In the circumstance, we cannot begin implementation of it until the programme reflects our earlier agreement.
“The South-East Governors and their leaders request the IGP to revert to our initial agreement reached on community policing at Enugu,” the governors said.
Meanwhile, the governors have also also directed all Igbos, living in and outside Igbo land, to obey all the extant restriction orders by the Presidency and the state governments where they live as well as other precautionary measures by World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), etc, for the containment of the spread of the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
The Forum resolved to further engage the NCDC to scale up testing of COVID-19 in the South East States.
According to Umahi, “the Forum agreed that all South East States Houses of Assembly should commence the process of enacting of State Security laws in line with the South East Joint Security programme”.
On rejigging of the economy, Umahi stated that the “meeting agreed to set up committees in our various states to work with FGN, World Bank, CBN and NSIA in their various programmes lined up to rejig the economy, especially in the areas of Agriculture, SME and solid minerals”.
Speaking further, he said that the “meeting agreed to hold a virtual meeting with the Group MD of NNPC on the issue of linking our South East State capitals with gas pipeline alongside with the pipeline programme of Federal Government of Nigeria, which is running from Imo State to Lagos State”.
On the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the forum after receiving brief on progress of work from the Chairman, South East Governors Committee on the airport, Engr. Chris Okoye, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Aviation, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, other South East Governors and members of the airport committee.
The governors assured the people of the zone that “with the progress of work, we are hopeful that the Airport will re-open soonest, subject to COVID-19 Federal Government programme”.
The forum also commended President Buhari, Minister of Works and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State for the work progress on the Second Niger Bridge, being handled by Julius Berger.
Umahi said that the meeting equally agreed that the leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo “submit a working document in our next meeting on setting up of South East Stabilization Fund”, concluding that “the next Executive Committee meeting of the South East Traditional institutions shall be hosted by Ebonyi State”.