The Transition Committee Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, Hon. Mrs. Chinwe Ugwu, has drawn the ire of residents of Enugu State and all over the country after she rolled out a wheelbarrow empowerment programme.
It was reported that Ugwu is one of the chairmen that were appointed last December, ahead of the Local Government election slated for February this year.
However, in a move many have described as ‘shocking and insulting’, she launched a wheelbarrow empowerment scheme on Monday, at the Council secretariat.
Remember that last week, some youths had besieged the Nsukka Local Government secretariat in protest, chanting solidarity songs in her favour, while also blasting the immediate past chairman, Hon. Patrick Omeje.
The youths had demanded that Ugwu be allowed to contest as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the forthcoming election.
Few days after, Ugwu has now decided to empower the youths with wheelbarrow, in a scheme tagged: “Nsukka Local Government Area in Conjunction with National Council of Enugu State Students, Presents a Poverty Alleviation Outreach.”
The development, which did not go down well with the people of the State, has remained subject of discussion on various social media platforms.
It was gathered that regardless of the rejection of the wheelbarrow empowerment by some stakeholders in the area, the council boss went ahead with it.
She personally flagged-off the scheme, in an elaborate event, after which she handed over the wheelbarrows to the beneficiaries.
An infuriated Nsukka youth, Chikezie Omeje told journalists “this is an insult to many. How can a council chairman give out wheelbarrows on hire-purchase basis? She did not just ridicule our people but mocked our sensibilities.
“We demand immediate apology from her for this show of shame.” he said
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