South-east, south-south most marginalized regions in Nigeria - Governor Wike

South-east, south-south most marginalized regions in Nigeria - Governor Wike

- The Rivers state governor has decried the level of marginalization on the south-south and south-east regions

- Nyesom Wike said the regions are the most neglected in Nigeria

- He also called on governors from the two regions to work towards overcoming all the challenges faced in the zones

The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the south-south and the south-east region are the most marginalized region in Nigeria.

Wike speaking during a meeting with 11 governors from the regions in Port Harcourt over the weekend said there are no 'reasonably' functional seaports and airports in the zones.

Decrying the state of federal roads, the Rivers state governor said the regions must strive to overcome all the challenges by sharing resources.

Wike also said that the south-south and the south-east region are the most neglected in the country.

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He said: “From geo-strategic economic perspective therefore, there is an urgent need to establish and link our cities with railways and super highways; to provide viable and affordable flight services between our cities, and to ensure that cargoes are brought into the country and the regions through our seaports, jetties and ferry services as a veritable means of stimulating economic growth and social progress across our two regions.

“Also, we are all aware that economic growth and social progress are possible only in a peaceful and secure environment."

The governor also called for the devolution of powers and resources to state and the institutionalization of state police.

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Also speaking, the chairman of the south-south and south-east governors' forum, Emmanuel Udom, said the meeting is a new beginning for the regions.

Udom said the presence of federal activities is not experienced in the regions.

He also called for a creation of an industrial framework that will enhance regional development.

Udom said: “Federal presence in the region is minimal and only seen in the presence of policemen."

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The president-general of the Pan-Igbo group John Nnia-Nwodo said the Biafra agitation may soon get more sympathizers if the issue of marginalization is not addressed.

Nwodo said it is also discouraging that the Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram terrorists operating across Nigeria are yet to be prosecuted.

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