President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasnajo will be leading other eminent personalities and delegates to the maiden South-East Economic and Security Summit (SEESS) 2016, holding at the Enugu State Government House, Independence Layout, Enugu on Thursday, December 22, 2016.
The summit, which is an initiative of SEESS Group – a non-governmental organisation made up of top business, military, political, religious and community leaders from Nigeria’s South East region, is aimed at addressing real issues affecting the peace and development of the southeast. It is intended to proffer practical solutions and initiate a definite course of action with pragmatic delineation of roles towards fast-paced economic and secure advancement of the region.
According to the Chairman of SEESS Group, Professor Barth Nnaji, “In demonstration of his interest in maintaining peace in Nigeria’s Southeast as well as other regions, and fostering economic growth and development, His Excellency, 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 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 programme.”
In an earlier statement, Nnaji had noted: “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.