Southeast Resilience and Support Group (SERSuG) a zonal Civic group has expressed support for
Governors of the South-East States on their resolution to maintain a joint security outfit for the Zone, code named “Ebube Agu”
The Governors had in a communique during the first Southeast security summit held in Owerri on Sunday maintained that Open Grazing remained banned in the Zone, even as it urged the security agencies to enforce the ban in the States.
The communique presented by Dave Umahi, Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Conference and Ebonyi State Governor, said the joint security outfit would have its headquarters in Enugu to coordinate the vigilante groups in the Zone.
They also resolved to set up a committee comprising security personnel, government officials and other relevant stakeholders to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the joint security platform.
They called for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders to enable them to succeed in the fight against criminality.
But the SERSuG Coordinator, Prince Chris Azor expressed worry over the seeming non-inclusion of the organized Civil Society and other Non-State Actors in the entire arrangement.
He asked the Southeast Governors conference to do the needful by consciously including the Civil Society.
He said, “The imperative role of the civil society in security architecture, through peace building, surveillance, information gathering and reporting, early warning, sensitization and partnerships etc., cannot be overemphasized.
“Inclusion, participation and conscious engagement with organized civil society and Non-State Actors is a global best practice and imperative for sustainable development” he said.
The group however, pledged her unalloyed support and readiness to partner with the Southeast Governors, the Federal Government, security agencies and indeed all patriotic stakeholders, in maintaining peaceful coexistence in the polity.