The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industry, Dr. Sam Egwu, on Saturday urged South East governors to show more commitment to the economic development of the zone.
Egwu, a former governor of Ebonyi State and one-time Minister of Education, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria at the ongoing 27th Enugu International Trade Fair in Enugu.
He said the governors and leaders should seize every opportunity to display to the world the abundant mineral, agricultural, agro-allied and handicraft capacity of the region.
He also urged the governors to learn to identify with economic programmes, summits and workshops meant to diversify the economy of the zone.
The senator promised that he would liaise with the Minister of Industry to see how the development of the venue of the fair would be incorporated into next year’s national budget.
Ugochukwu Chime, the President of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, who also spoke with NAN, appealed to the Federal Government to assist in developing the permanent site of the fair.
Chime said: “The Federal Government has assisted in the development of trade fair grounds in Lagos, Kano and Kaduna and Enugu is yet to be attended to.”
The 2016 fair, which began on March 25, would end on Monday.