Ondo State;s former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae and Governor Olusegun Falae, joined other leaders from the southern part of the country in Calabar, Cross River Sate capital, to declare support for the on – going National Conference.
The Southern Leaders’ Summit, which had the theme: “The Centenary and the Imperative for a National Conference”, was convened by Governors Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Liyel Imoke (Cross River), and former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi.
Declaring the summit open, Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, said the summit was a continuation of wide-spread consultations with stakeholders on how to move Nigeria and Southern Nigeria forward , as the nation prepared for the national conference.“This is the first time Nigerians are busy consulting across regions with a view to forging a common front and I think we should give President Jonathan kudos for his sincerity and focus on new Nigeria. We should give him total support.”
He stated that at the end of the conference, he expects the emergence of a Southern Nigeria with equal opportunities and citizenship.
The Conference called for true federalism and unity aimed at national development. It equally sought total support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda, which it believed was moving in the right direction.
The Summit took a look at issues as the indissolubility of the country, practice of true federalism, current security challenges, the economy , as well as the forthcoming national conference.
Unemplioyment was extensively discussed, with the leaders warning that it should be rigorously tackled, otherwise, it could explode like a time bomb.
Delegates were drawn from the South-West, South-East and South-South , the traditional institution, academia, public sector, political class, the Judiciary, Labour and religious bodies.
Former Vice – President, Alex Ekwueme and Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Hon Ikediora at the summit.