President Muhammadu Buhari and former President, Olusegun Obasnajo are expected to lead other delegates to the maiden South-East Economic & Security Summit (SEESS ) 2016 holding Thursday in 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 the South East region – is aimed at addressing real issues affecting the peace and development of the region, 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.
According to Professor Barth Nnaji, a former Minister of Power and Chairman of SEESS Group, “in demonstration of his interest in maintaining peace in Nigeria’s Southeast as well as other regions, and fostering economic growth and development, President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed his participation at the maiden South-East Economic & Security Summit scheduled to hold in Enugu on December 22, 2016.
“We are also pleased to announce that former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, who has been a strong advocate for the convocation of a summit, not pivoted on politics but rather, on the economic and developmental premise for the region and other regions, has also committed to attend.
“All the five governors from the southeastern states will be participating at the Summit, and they will lead other eminent personalities and delegates to discuss issues of common interest, including security, agriculture, infrastructure, health, tourism, as well as financing the region’s economic program.”
Earlier, Nnaji noted that “the summit 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.”
SEESS 2016 is 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.