By Aaron Ossai
A group operating under the aegis of DUNAETA said it received with joy the news of the election of Governor Dave Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State as Co-Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum after her recent meeting held in Lagos after over 12 years.
This recognition once again proves our stand that Governor Umahi has brought a new positive dimension to the politics of Nigeria. Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze the President and Founder of a vibrant and virile grassroots NGO, the David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA) in a press statement made these remarks and further described Governor David Nweze Umahi as embodiment and true light of democracy in the politics of Nigeria.
The Governors of the Southern States of Nigeria during the meeting unanimously reiterated the call for true federalism and devolution of powers to States and also resolved to collaborate with one another for the growth and development of their economies. Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode the Governor of Lagos State was unanimously appointed as the Chairman of the Forum with Engr. Dave Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State and Governor Seriaki Dickson of Bayelsa were appointed as Co- Chairmen of the Forum.
DUNAETA in the statement circulated to the public on Tuesday in Abakaliki congratulated the current Governors from the southern Nigeria for this bold step to unite and fight for the common interest of the zone. The group expressed joy of the decision by the Forum to proffer solutions to the insecurity ravaging the country at the moment where lives and property of citizens of the regions are no longer secured. For resolving to work on effective linkage on good infrastructure across the 17 States in the region is not only commendable but means through which the rights of those from the South will no longer be trampled for any reason. The need for the unity amongst the Southern Governors need not be overemphasized as this will bring the long overdue expected provision for dividends of democracy to our people.
Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze Aka Ada Ebonyi is also the Technical Adviser (TA) on Media to Governor Umahi, she further stated that this recognition on our visionary Governor and his continued acceptance by all and sundry across the leadership spectrum and tribes in Nigeria once again proved that Ebonyi State rightly elected a true leader to govern her at this moment. It is on record that Governor Umahi has on several occasions spoke on behalf of the entire Governors after some of the National Economic Council involving the Governors, the Vice President of the Federation, Prof Yeemi Osinbajo with the Minister of Finance. He was one of the few Governors permitted to visit the President during his sojourn in London and accompanied Mr. President to New York during the last United Nations Meeting recently.
With his appointment as the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and for demonstrating leadership in how he has piloted the affairs of the Forum has put Ebonyi State not only in limelight but proved that our Governor is highly accepted and respected. This places high responsibility on Ebonyi State and her people to ensure that the enemies of the State do not succeed to scuttle the vision to reelect this new revelation in the leadership circle of our nation come 2019.
Finally, we commend and congratulate Engr. Dave Nweze Umahi and plead with him not to relent until Ebonyi State takes its rightful position in the comity of States in Nigeria.