GOVERNORS and leaders of the South – South region have demanded an unreserved apology from the Presidency for abruptly aborting a crucial stakeholders ’ meeting scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt on Tuesday .
The Presidency had fixed a meeting for Tuesday with the governors and other leaders of the region to discuss burning national issues affecting the region and the aftermath of the EndSARS protests.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri , indicated that the Federal Government delegation was supposed to include the ministers from the geopolitical zone and other persons .
Minister of Transportation , Rotimi Amaechi ; Minister of State for Petroleum , Timipre Sylva , and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, were all conspicuously absent at the meeting, while the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio walked in when the meeting had ended .
Addressing South – South leaders at the Banquet Hall of the Government House , Port Harcourt , the Delta State Governor , Ifeanyi Okowa , who presided over the session, decried the botched meeting, which was called at the instance of the Presidency.
Okowa , who is also the Chairman of the South – South Governors Forum , said he later got a call from the Chief of Staff to the President on Tuesday afternoon, announcing the eventual cancellation of the meeting.
The Delta State governor said he felt really disappointed that the region could be treated with such disdain and maintained that the people of the region were embarrassed , disgraced and disrespected .