Chibok School Kidnap: South East Governors Want Identities of Students Made PublicFeatured, Latest News Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
As security operatives in Nigeria continue with the search for the over 200 female students of Chibok secondary school in Borno state, recently adopted by suspected members of Boko Haram, the South- East Governors Forum Sunday suggested that identities of the missing students be made public.
African Examiner recalled that the missing Government Secondary School, Chibok students, were kidnapped by unknown gun men about fortnight ago from the school.
Chairman of the South-East-Governors’ forum and governor of Abia State, Chief Theordor Orji, who read their communique to newsmen shortly at the end of their one day meeting held in Enugu, stated that unveiling of the names and identities of the abducted students would enable the whole nation to assist in the search.
The communique read thus:”We, the South East Governors, met today, 4th May, 2014 at Government House, Enugu and resolved as follows,
” (1) Sympathise with families of the victims, the Borno State Government and the Federal Government on the abduction of students of Government Secondary school, Chibok;
” Accordingly, urge the Federal Government to continue their search for the students and also suggest that the names and the identities of the students be made public so that the whole nation would assist in the search;.
The governors, “Also commiserate with the families of the victims of the bomb blast which occurred at Nyanya on 1st May, 2014.
They equally expressed their condolences to the family of the immediate past president General of Apex Igbo socio cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, late Chief Ralph Uwechue, who died recently, adding that the forum is to visit the family of the deceased in Delta state.
Orji also hinted that the forum resolved to push for a review of the sharing formula of Value added Tax(VAT) among states and local governments, following the observed imbalances in the sharing formula.
According to the communique, the governors, equally resolved that they would not relent in their efforts in ensuring that the South East remains the Zone with the lowest crime rate in Nigeria.
To this end, they agreed to work jointly in tackling the challenge.
Present at the meeting which lasted several hours were, Governor, Sullivan Chime, of Enugu state, his Ebonyi state counterpart, Martin Elechi, Deputy Governors of Imo and Anambra States, Eze Madumere, and Nkem Okeke.
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