The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on his emergence as the Chairman of the South South Governors Forum.
Chairman of the south south zone of the APC, Prince Hilliard Eta congratulated Oshiomhole on behalf of the party through a press statement issued on Sunday.
In the statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Bassey Ita, and made available to journalist in Calabar, the zonal vice chairman said Oshiomhole has the capability of bringing his wealth of experience in public life and as an architect of grassroots development to bear in the improvement of the socio-economic and environmental status of the south south region.
He expressed the hope that Oshiomhole will strategically apply the stately carriage attribute for which he is known in canvassing massive support for regional integration of the south south states.
Eta said by integrating the south south states, Oshiomhole would achieve the objective for which the BRACED (Bayelsa,Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta states) Commission was established.
Eta said though the new position imposes additional responsibility on Oshiomhole, he was confident the governor has the ability to rise up to the challenge and define a new sense of direction for the BRACED states.
He said over the years, the BRACED Commission under the leadership of the immediate past chairman and former governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, failed to chart a way out of the multifarious cases of environmental degradation, economic losses and insecurity within the south south region.
In line with tradition, Oshiomhole would also assume the position of chairman of the BRACED states.
Oshiomhole succeeds Imoke who formally handed over to him on May 27 at the Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC).