Governors and leaders of the five South-East states have concertedly restated their commitment to cohesion in the geopolitical zone to effectively surmount its challenges.

The governors spoke at the opening ceremony of a 2-day South-East summit on security and economy in Owerri.

In a welcome address, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state led the call for the floating of an economic development fund that would enable the region pull resources together and unitedly confront the challenges posed by insecurity and economic hardship.

Uzodinma reminded the audience of the golden age when the defunct Igbo State Union, was the catalyst for the private sector-driven development projects witnessed in Igbo land such as schools, hospitals and markets. On his part, Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi, represented by his Deputy, Patricia Obila, called on parents to checkmate the activities of their children with a view to ensuring that they are not in bad company