Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has charged Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, to brace up for the herculean job ahead.

Governor Akeredolu, who congratulated Prof. Soludo on his inauguration as the Executive Governor of Anambra State, said security and economic challenges in the Southern part of the country and the nation at large required joint efforts and unalloyed commitment.

The Ondo Governor through his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, said Southern Governors’ Forum was confident of Soludo’s track records and ability to provide the right leadership for the people of Anambra State.

“We look forward to his viable and rich contributions to the development of Southern Nigeria because his vast experience spanning the economy and human capital management is a great assset to behold. We have no doubt, therefore, that, he will deploy his wealth of experience for the good of our people,” the Ondo governor said.

“We are particularly enamoured by Governor Soludo’s palpable passion for home-grown economic growth through effective mobilisation of resources for development. For us in the SGF, a fresh and resourceful addition has berthed for the upholding of our ideals and common course.

“We are confident that owing to his background, Prof. Soludo will expend time and resources to justify the trust of the people of the state who freely gave him the mandate to lead them at this critical time.

“For us at the Southern Governors’ Forum, we see Prof. Soludo as a great asset that will further help drive our forum’s agenda, most especially on the economic well-being of our dear people. As a consummate economist, we look forward to drawing from his vast experience in finding a way out of the lingering socio-economic challenges that have pervaded the national space,” Mr Akeredolu added.