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Jonathan Shuns South-South Economic Summit…Says: “It is a Political Jamboree”

April 25, 2012

Baring any last minute changes, President Goodluck Jonathan will not be attending the much-publicized South- South Economic Summit but rather be flying to Yamossoukro, Côte d’Ivoire to attend meeting of Regional African leaders, sources close to the Presidency told

In his place, the President will be sending the Vice president, Mohammed Namadi Sambo. But Sources within the Vice President office said they are yet to be briefed of any trip to Delta State for the Summit.

“I can almost say for sure that the president will not be attending the South-South Summit because he has an important issue to deal with in Yamossoukro,” a highly placed Presidential source told

Leaders from the South-South zone are currently mounting what appears to be a last minute effort to have the President change his mind and attend the Summit.

Should President Jonathan insist on not attending the South-South Summit, which has allegedly gulped over N12 Billion, it would further cast a major dent in the event that was primarily organized to discuss economic development in the troubled Niger Delta region.

Already another source hinted that the Deputy Governor of River State would represent Governor Chibuike Amaechi, who is also the Chairman of the Governors Forum.

The Source who pleaded anonymity said the President, who is from the South-South region is deeply angered by the way and manner the Summit was planned and has decided to keep away.

According to the source, “the President believes that major stake holders in the South-South region were not made part of the summit, they were schemed out or rather ignored. What role will the Oil Companies in that region be playing in the summit, are they part of the summit”? The source quoted the president as saying.

The President according to the source said an economic summit that does not take into consideration major investors in the Niger Delta is like a political jamboree of.

“The President feels it will amount to a political jamboree when stakeholders in the Niger Delta are alienated.”

The source added that “the President believes there are more pressing issues in the region requiring urgent attention instead of summit which would have no direct impact on the lives of the people.”

Culled from PointBlankNews of Wednesday 25th April 2012

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  1. Johnny Obas Obakp permalink
    April 27, 2012 09:39

    I choose the part of Mr President.Things are becoming very ugly in delta state. What pains me and many deltans most is d attendance of Prof. Wole Soyinka whom we so much have altimate respect for, out of all odds attended this political coniavance to loot delta state treasury of billions of naira. i cant imagining lagos state or Edo state or Akwa_Ibon state spending that huge amount of money to organise a programme without engaging the private sectors for sponsorship in-parts or whole. N4.4B. used to organise a summit when Shell, Chelvron, Agip, NPA, Beta Glass, and other companies that are doing real business in the state were not invited nor engaged. this is corruption in the highest order, and the name of so many great men in the summit has been rubbished.The days of the governor are numbered

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