Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, yesterday, met behind closed door with prominent Igbo leaders, including the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, and Publisher of Champion newspapers, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, to chart a path for the southeast geo-political zone.
Addressing the media separately after the meeting held at the Government House, Owerri, the participants expressed satisfaction with the outcome.
The trio also described the governor as a “political bridge-builder” poised at sustaining unity in the region.
They had paid a solidarity and working visit to the state chief executive.
In his remarks, Nwodo extolled Uzodimma’s leadership qualities, which he noted, had fostered understanding between him and his colleagues in the other four states of Enugu, Abia, Anambra, and Ebonyi.
He hinted that they would also consult with other governors in the area to strengthen harmony.
Besides, Iwuanyanwu, who recalled the host’s political career, appreciated Uzodinma’s wits. He consequently tagged him a “great political bridge builder.”
The media mogul said the governor’s submissions were encouraging.
Also speaking, Igwe Achebe pointed out that the Imo helmsman’s deep sense of responsibility would elevate the region politically, economically, and socially.
He, therefore, urged the people to join hands in building the South East.
Appreciating the leaders for their thoughts, Uzodinma enthused that the deliberation would serve as a launchpad for the zone’s meteoric rise.
Meanwhile, the governor has signed two bills into law.
The first one is to establish the Imo State Micro, Small and Medium Industries Development Agency and other related matters, while the second is for a Bureau to coordinate, supervise and monitor projects undertaken by donors/development partners in Imo State and other related matters.
During the event, which held yesterday at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Chambers, Government House, Owerri, Uzodinma said the pieces of legislation were another milestone of his administration to advance the state.
He said: “Therefore, the bills are necessary to put a body together that will supervise and monitor local manufacturing, entrepreneurship skills, private sector-driven activities and interventions from government and non-governmental organisations.
“Other objectives include empowerment of local artisans, specifying standards for them and ensuring that products being delivered to the markets are not only hygienic but fit for human consumption.”
The governor commended the House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the executive bills.
The Speaker, Dr. Chiji Collins, said the legislations were passed after rigorous legislative works for the development of the state.