Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has disclosed that Governors of the region have agreed to adopt a security outfit to combat insecurity in the region.
Gov. Okowa made this known to journalists on Thursday.
The Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum who spoke to journalists after a closed-door meeting said that the governors are currently working on the modalities needed to establish the regional security outfit.
“We have agreed as a region that there is a need to have a regional security outfit and we have mandated the brace commission to begin to work out the details and brief us at our next meeting which is going to hold in Port Harcourt,” he said.
BRACED is the acronym for Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta states.
The commission was formed 10 years ago by the states to strengthen economic ties.
Also on Thursday, Southeast Governors Forum Chairman/Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi said the zone was set to launch its security outfit.
Umahi spoke while addressing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Ecumenical Centre Abakaliki, the state capital.
Umahi said: “We have been challenged so much in the Southeast by security problems. “Our people are mainly traders and farmers and when movement is not free, it is a problem.
“So, security is the problem of everybody. I want to assure that we are doing everything possible together with you and Mr. President to secure our people.
“We will not break the Constitution to satisfy our people. We have our own Amotekun with us and we will soon unveil it within the limit of the Constitution.”
Prof Osinbajo was in the state to launch the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Clinics.