All Set For South-South Summit

DELTA State Government says it is collaborating with an international outfit to provide adequate security in Asaba for the second South-South Economic Summit, beginning on Thursday.

The State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr Kenneth Okpara, who made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Asaba, said that government has screened the consulting security firm before engaging it.

Okpara said the state government was mindful of the dignitaries, including President Goodluck Jonathan and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kegame, who were expected at the parley, hence the premium attached to security.

He assured that ongoing renovation of the Event Centre, venue of the summit, would be completed before the opening ceremony, saying that all the equipment needed for the three-day investment forum had been assembled.

“Apart from the assurances by contractors handling different projects for the summit, including the venue, some members of the state’s executive council visit the sites daily, to inspect progress of work.’’

Okpara said that arrangements have been made for undisrupted flights to Asaba from Abuja and Lagos during the summit, adding that most flights would be chattered.

“Work is also in progress at our airport to ensure that all the facilities that are required for the flights to be smooth are in place.

“The essence of this is to ensure that people who are coming for the summit would have a hitch free journey. The state will also ensure that vehicles are on ground for dignitaries during the period.’’

The commissioner said that proceedings at the event would be transmitted live by local and international television stations.