As part of efforts to build peace and engender progress and development throughout Nigeria’s southeast region, the maiden South-East Economic & Security Summit - SEESS 2016 - has been convened for 22nd December 2016 at the Enugu State Government House, Independence Layout, Enugu.
The summit, which is an initiative of the South-East Economic & Security Summit (SEESS) Group - a non-governmental organization made up of top business, military, political, religious and community leaders from Nigeria’s southeast region – has the full commitment and support of the Governors from the five southeastern states, and is endorsed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of the Group, Professor Barth Nnaji, a former Minister of the Federal Republic and current Chairman of Geometric Powers Limited, said “We are grateful to His Excellency, the Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for graciously accepting to host the Summit, and to all the other Governors from the southeast for backing the initiative. Their collective support underlies the huge significance of the Summit not only for the region but for the entire nation.”
He disclosed that SEESS 2016 is aimed at addressing real issues affecting the peace and development of the southeast, proffering practical solutions and initiating a definitive course of action with pragmatic delineation of roles towards fast-paced economic and secure advancement of the region.
In his words: “This Summit will not be a mere talk-shop; it will be a meeting where specific problems are defined, projects to address the problems are adopted, and what the various stakeholders roles - including that of the Federal Government - in solving the problems are also presented. Key areas of focus will include security, agriculture, infrastructure, health tourism, as well as financing the region’s economic program.”
Professor Nnaji also revealed: “SEESS 2016 will be an invitation-only event with delegates drawn from the leaders of the Southeast, Presidency, National Assembly, State Governments, the diplomatic community, top local and international business leaders and investors, multinational corporations, bankers and financiers, the academia, security experts, civil society groups, religious bodies and other non-governmental organisations.”
Southeast Nigeria is one of the six geopolitical zones in the country. It is made up of five states including Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo.