Mrs Chinwe Ugwu, the Transition Committee Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, says she has no apology for giving out wheelbarrows to indigent persons from the area to assist them economically.
Nigeria News Agency recalls that Ugwu on Monday donated 30 new wheelbarrows to some wheelbarrow pushers, who hitherto hired them to earn a living by conveying people’s goods.
She said that some individuals and organisations had criticised her for initiating such a programme, which she called “poverty alleviation”.
Addressing newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday, she said that she was not done yet, adding that she would increase the number to 100.
She said: “I don’t feel bad at all. I don’t see anything bad in what I have done. I have no apology for anybody.
“People, who don’t understand what I have done, can go ahead and say whatever they liked. I even want to make it up to 100.
“These are poor people who cannot afford to buy wheelbarrow but had to hire for between N200 and N300 per day.
“Some youths came to me and made the request on behalf of the wheelbarrow pusherd and I told them to go and write down the names of those that cannot afford to buy their own.
“You need to see how happy they were that they now have their own, which was given to them free of charge.
“They were asked to write whatever inscription they liked on the wheelbarrow because it now belonged to them.
“They were so happy that some of them came to me, asking, Mayor, can we touch you? You need to have seen them.
“They were so happy and I have no apology. I’ll even do more. I heard that some labourers hire shovels and head pans for mason and concrete work.
“I’ll also buy head pans and shovels for them so that they can feed their families.
“All my life, my heart has been going to the poorest of the poor and you know that they are all over the world
“Will you phase out wheelbarrow pushing because of Chinwe Ugwu?”
Meanwhile, some of her detractors have continued to criticise the gesture, saying that it was demeaning to give out wheelbarrows as empowerment to Nsukka youths.
Commenting on the gesture, Mr Mark Onuora of the Enugu State Youth Assembly said it was a wicked act that the Nsukka Mayor should “belittle the youths by giving them wheelbarrows.”
“Madam should have consulted well before embarking on this wicked youth empowerment.
“As for the wicked act, the world will hear about it. It is wicked and barbaric to the youths of Nsukka and she even had the guts to put Gov. Ugwuanyi’s face on this shame.
“This nonsense must stop in 2020,” he said.
Also, the leader of Coal City Youths Initiative, Mr Johnpaul Ani, described the poverty alleviation donations as a charade.
(Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Sam Oditah)
Democracy Day: Ugwuanyi inaugurates development projects in Nsukka
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Friday inaugurated projects in Nsukka including at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), in commemoration of the Democracy Day.
The projects included modern complex of eight magistrate court halls, complex of two High Court halls and one Open Registry at Nsukka Judicial Division, located at the GRA, Nsukka.
The governor also commissioned some road projects in the University town of Nsukka.
Inaugurating the court buildings, Ugwuanyi stated that the event marked another significant milestone in his efforts to reposition the state’s judiciary.
He said the inauguration was also to perform his administration’s mandate of ensuring the concordance of the society with all extant laws and tenets of democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Inaugurating the Nsukka town roads, Ugwuanyi said that the projects were in fulfillment of his administration’s inaugural address to create more urban areas.
The governor said it was also to boost economic growth, equip and to modernise the Nsukka University town.
He added that the roads would enhance connectivity and access to homes and business premises as well as economy of the city.
The governor recalled that his administration had in its first term delivered the 11.6km Opi-Nsukka dual carriageway with a spur to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) gate.
He said that the carriageway enhanced movement in and out of the University.
“This road also provides the much needed infrastructural services to the University and showcased the first underground functional drainage system in this part of the world,” he said.
Empasising on his administration’s procurement policy, the governor said that the contracts for the internal roads were awarded to competent contractors.
“The contractors are with proven and verified track records on road construction,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the contractors are Ferotex Construction Company Limited, Marcico International Alliance Limited, Eketeson Nig. Ltd and Usmomen Nig. Ltd
In her address, Justice Ngozi Emehelu, the Chief Judge of Enugu State, described Ugwuanyi as God’s gift to Enugu State, thanked and congratulated him for inaugurating the projects.
Emehelu told the governor that she was overwhelmed with joy by the love, attention and support the judiciary of Enugu State had received and still receiving from his administration.
The event was attended by Deputy Gov. Cecilia Ezeilo, Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Centus Nweze, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Edward Ubosi.
Others includes were Chief Judge of the State, Justice Emehelu, and the President of the State Customary Court of Appeal, Justice George Nnamani.
Also the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Onah, the State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Augustine Nnamani, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Greg Nnaji, among others.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Gov Ugwuanyi inaugurates new court complex, roads in Nsukka
Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Friday inaugurated a new court complex and roads in Nsukka, built by the state government.
Ugwuanyi, in a remark before handing over the new buildings to Enugu State judiciary, said it was aimed at improving access to justice delivery.
“I swore to an oath as governor to protect the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria and to ensure all get justice, so I will do all within my capacity to ensure quick dispensation of justice.
“My administration will continue to do its best to provide enabling environment for judiciary to enable them to discharge their duties, “he said.
He said other courts that had been built in different local governments in the state would soon be inaugurated and handed over to the judiciary.
The governor commended the bar and the bench for making use of the structure available to do their job while the court buildings were being constructed.
He also commended the contractor for delivering the project on schedule.
The Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Priscilla Emehelu, said the event marked another bold step in the administration of Ugwuanyi toward improving access to justice delivery
“Over the years, lack of necessary infrastructure in terms of inadquate courtrooms and attendant facilities remained a major challenge to prompt and effective justice delivery in the state.
“With new courts this present administration has built in almost every local government in the state, the problem of inadequate courtrooms have become a thing of the past.
“Judiciary in Enugu State will forever remain grateful to the present administration in the state for always giving judiciary special attention,” she said.
Emehelu listed new courts inaugurated in Nsukka as two High Court building complexes and one Magistrate Court complex with many courtrooms, as well as Registry building complex.
According to her, the governor will, in no distant time, inaugurate other court buildings that have been completed in other parts of the state.
The Chief Judge said access to justice was the ability of people to seek and obtain remedies through formal institutions of justice such as courts among others to ventilate the rights of citizens
“Delay in justice delivery is one of the seemingly intractable problems in national judiciary system.
“The effect of failure to deliver justice on time can have deleterious impact on the lives of all parties involved.
“The bold step of government in erecting these ultra modern court buildings with many courtrooms will to a large extent mitigate the challenge of delay in justice delivery in the state,” she said.
She commended Nigeria Bar Association, Nsukka branch for providing its Bar Centre for judges to use for sitting when the old court buildings were demolished so as to build the new ones.
Earlier, Chief Patrick Omeje, the Chairman of Nsukka local government, who was represented by his Vice-chairman, Mr Cosmos Ugwueze, applauded Ugwuanyi for the massive transformation of Enugu state since assumption of office.
“Nsukka people are grateful for the erecting of these ultra modern and befitting court buildings your administration has put in place.
“We are also grateful for numerous roads Enugu State government has built in Nsukka, of which some of them will be inaugurated today.
“We have nothing to pay back, but my promise is that Nsukka LGA will continue to give your government maximum cooperation and support,” he said
NAN reports that some of the roads built by Enugu State government inaugurated by Ugwuanyi on Friday in Nsukka are Aku Road, New Angelican Road and Amaze Owerre Road.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Nsukka LGA chairman presents budget proposal of N2.96bn to councilors
Chief Patrick Omeje, the Chairman of Nsukka LGA in Enugu State on Friday presented a budget estimate of N2.96 billion for 2020 fiscal year to the councilors for consideration and approval.
Omeje said the budget proposal would be funded from expected statutory revenue allocation from Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), Value Added Tax, Internally Generated Revenue and others.
“Two billion, two hundred million naira is expected to come from statutory allocation and eighty million naira from Internally generated revenue.
“Six hundred million naira is expected from Value Added Tax, and Eighty million naira only from others, ” he said.
The council boss highlighted the achievements of his administration in his first tenure to include: opening Lejja link road which linked the people with Aku in Igboetiti LGA and Akpugo Eze in Uzo Uwani LGA.
In addition, renovation of Adada house that served as guest house and conference centre, donation and energising of electricity transformers in Umukashi, Ezeani, Ibeku Opi communities and inaugurating of health centres at Akpa Ozzi and Anuka communities.
Omeje urged residents to continue to join hands with him to move the council forward, urging those he had offended in the course of carrying out his official functions to forgive him as he had already forgiven anybody that had offended him.
“I commend councilors, stakeholders, traditional rulers, the media and all residents for their support to my administration and urge them to keep it up,” he said.
The LG boss urged councilors to give the budget proposal accelerated passage to enable the council to start implementation of the budget for the benefit of Nsukka people.
” In your usual support and determination to move the council forward, I will be happy if this budget is given accelerated passage,” he said.
Responding , the Leader of Nsukka Legislative Council, Mr Celestine Ugwuoke, commended Omeje for his style of leadership.
Ugwuoke assured the chairman that councilors would look into the budget, ask questions where necessary as well as give the budget speedy passage.
“We will give budget speedy passage for the benefit of Nsukka residents as well as to enable the Chairman to continue his developmental agenda in the area.”
Nsukka council Chairman warns residents against dumping refuse in drains
Chief Patrick Omeje, the Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area in Enugu State, has warned the residents against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drains.
Omeje gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Saturday.
He said that it was imperative for the residents to know that the presence of waste in the drains would lead to flooding and erosion in their communities.
“Nsukka residents should have a collective responsibility towards reducing the effect of flood in the area.
“This they must do by ensuring regular clearing of the drains, avoiding dumping of waste in gutters as well stopping erection of illegal structures on water channels.
“We should change the habits that violate our environment as they escalate flooding in our area.
“Together we can protect our environment from flood disaster that will kill our people, destroy property and render many people homeless,” he said.
Omeje assured the residents of his administration’s commitment to constructing more roads with good drainage for free flow of water and to mitigate the effects of flood in the communities.
He said that the council recently began clearing of drains across the university town and other areas, with a view to reducing the effects of flood during this rainy season.
“The council’s environmental team has been creating flood safety awareness from community to community to sensitise the residents on how to be environment-friendly during this rainy season.
“The first priority of my administration is to ensure the protection of lives and property of residents and that’s why the council is always proactive.
“I thank the people of Nsukka LGA for their continued support and cooperation with my administration and I want them to keep it up.
“My promise is that by God’s special grace I will leave Nsukka council better than I met it,” Omeje said
Edited /Ejike Obeta