Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reiterated the commitment of South East governors in strengthening the security architecture of the zone.
Ugwuanyi disclosed this on Wednesday during the South East Region Security Summit in Enugu, facilitated by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The governor said the summit could not have come at a better time than when the country was faced with serious security breaches.
He said the governors of the region would not rest until the zone was free from pockets of insecurity.
Ugwuanyi said his administration had done much to ensure the security of lives and property in the state.
He said the security architecture of the state had been strengthened through the formation of neighbourhood watch groups and forest guards.
The governor said all the security formations in the state, including military and paramilitary, had been empowered in one way or another for greater efficiency.
Ugwuanyi said securing the zone was significant to its economic development.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Abia State, Uchenna Obigwe, has commended the governors of the region for acceding to the convergence of the summit.
Obigwe, who is one of the delegates to the summit, told the News Agency of Nigeria that such summit was necessary as security was everyone’s business.
He said security agencies needed to purge themselves of bad elements who constituted a challenge to the security architecture of the country.
The labour leader said the meeting was a clear testament that all was not well with the country regarding the security of lives and property.
Obigwe said it had become expedient to revisit the issue of state police as the goal was also to provide security for Nigerians.
NAN reports that the security summit was preceded by a closed door meeting that lasted for more than four hours between the IGP and governors of the region.
In attendance in the meeting were the Governors of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States and the Deputy Governor of Imo State.
Also in attendance was the Commissioner of Police in Enugu, Abdulrahaman Ahmad.