Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu this afternoon led the South East Senate Caucus to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Ekweremadu is the highest ranked political office holder from the South East in the All Progressives Congress-led federal government.
The caucus presented some of the concerns and challenges of the region to the president.
Senator Ekweremadu was accompanied to the meeting by Chairman of South East Caucus, Eyinnaya Abaribe, Sam Egwu, Hope Uzodinma, Andy Uba and Chukwuka Utazi.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, Ekweremadu said: “For us from the South East, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement. So we decided to visit the President and present to him some of the concerns of the South East including the issues of roads, general infrastructure – the rail and airports.
“We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course the issue of IPOB. We had a good conversation and he promised to look into the issues”.
Also speaking, Abaribe said the delegation sought for more federal appointments, adding that the South East is shortchanged more than any other zone in the country.
He said: “This is the South East caucus in the Senate and we came to see the President because of the issues we have in the South East.
“We had a fruitful discussion with the President. He has promised us that he is going to look into the problems of South East.
“We know that there are problems everywhere but we also believe that the South East is the zone that is far much shortchanged at this time than other zones.
“We also talked about the issue of appointments from the South East, especially with respect to the National Security Council. The President also told us that governors of the South East have also engaged him on the same problems we engaged him on.
“There is a concerted effort from the people of the South East to be sure that we engage with this government meaningfully”.