The Governors of the South-East have urged the Federal Government to make funds available for the completion of the Eastern railway corridor.
They also asked that the South-East be integrated into the Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna gas pipeline project.
The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, told journalists these at the end of the governors’ virtual meeting on Sunday.
Umahi stated, “There is currently no funding for the corridor, which cuts across the South-South, the South-East, the North-Central and the North-East regions of the country.
“We will discuss with the Federal Government and the governors of other regions affected in order to achieve the set objective.
“It is an existing railway line and it is very important to our people. It is just to repair it and revamp the terminals.”
The governors also agreed to engage the contractor handling the Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna gas pipeline to ensure that the South-East was integrated into the project.
Umahi said, “Since the pipelines are going to come from the South-South and the South-East, we feel the states in the region should also benefit. So, we are also engaging the Federal Government on this.
“We also thank President Muhammadu Buhari for funding the second Niger Bridge and the Enugu International Airport renovation projects.
“We have also agreed to unveil the name of a joint security outfit for the region.