Says summit proved sceptics wrong about the region

The just concluded South-South Economic Summit was a success and has proved sceptics of its propriety wrong, the chairman of the South-South Governors Forum and governor of Cross River, Liyel Imoke, said on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the three-day summit held in Asaba, Delta.?
?According to the governor, the first summit, which was held in Calabar, Cross River in April 2009, was criticised by some sceptics as a “talk show” that cannot be sustained.?
“But the success of this second South-South Economic Summit hosted by Delta has proved those sceptics wrong, as it has shown that the people of the region are more committed and united,” Imoke said.

He added that the success of the summit, which brought stakeholders in the public and private sector together to dissect the potentials of the region and chart ways for harnessing them collectively, reflected a positive direction for the region in its development pursuit.?

?Explaining that the Asaba summit ought to have been held in 2011, he said the delay was caused by interruptions in governance in some states in the region, arising from electoral cases in court.?

?The governor emphasised that the time for the people of the region to take charge of their destiny was now, adding that “to achieve this, it is for the BRACED states to build on the recommendations of the summit.”

?He noted that it was laudable that the people of the region had come together to chart a way of taking the economy of the area to greater heights.?

?”The future is yours and only you can determine it. Our challenge in the next one year when the third summit will hold is to report back the progress made.”

?Imoke announced that the third and fourth economic summits will be hosted by Rivers and Akwa-Ibom states respectively

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