Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Governor Ugwuanyi doles out N100million for watch groups

Governor Ugwuanyi doles out
N100million for watch groups

– Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has
allotted about N100million to beef up
security in the state
– The fund is to be dispensed to over
different neighborhood watch groups in over
400 communities
– The Federal government has appealed to
the southeast people to be calm
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state,
on Monday, May 2, doled out N100 million to
fund Neighbourhood watch groups in 472
communities to complement the services of
security agencies in the state.
Governor Ugwuanyi on a visit to agrarian
communities ravaged by suspected Fulani
The governor also mandated the Ministry of
Poverty Reduction and Human Capital to
quickly inaugurate Neighbourhood Watch
groups in all the 472 communities to forestal
a recurrence of Fulani herdsmen invasion of
any part of the state.
Vanguard reports that this came on a day,
the traditional rulers and town’s union
presidents in the state in a communique
stated in part: “We are also grateful to the
governor for the donation of the sum of N100
million in support of the security efforts and
activities of the communities.
“We have resolved to go back to our
respective communities to mobilize the people
and sensitize them on the need to support the
initiatives of the government as they relate to
security of lives and properties in Enugu state.
“Rebuilding Nimbo community Barely one week
after the attack of Nimbo community in Uzo-
Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu State by
the Fulani herdsmen, citizens of the state in
the United Kingdom, have offered to assist
rebuild burnt houses, damaged properties, and
donated clothings and food items for the
refugees of the community.
The special adviser to Enugu state governor,
Mrs Olangwa Eziekwu made the offer when
she visited Nimbo refugees at Nsukka
stadium where she donated cartons of
Indomie noodles, bags of rice, tissue papers,
fruit drinks, among others, and promised to
bring more in no distant time as citizens of
the state in Diaspora would send more relief
materials to the victims and the displaced
ones of the community.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Malaysia also on Monday,
May 2, urged the National Assembly to
discontinue further deliberation on Grazing
Land Bill, which is on the floor of the upper
chamber at the moment, as it would cause
more harm than good.
The Igbo diaspora group in Malaysia, in a
press release by its President, Mr Biafra
Diboh and secretary general, Prince Benson
Kpechie commiserated with Nimbo
community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government
Area of Enugu state over the massacre of
over 40 people last week.
“The National Assembly should immediately
discontinue further deliberation on Grazing
Land Bill that is on the floor of the upper
chamber of the House at the moment, as it
would cause more harm than good.”
Meanwhile, the deputy president of the
Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has
assured the Nimbo community that
government and federal lawmakers from the
state would not rest until justice was done
concerning the destruction of lives and
properties by suspected herds. Senator
Ekweremadu urged the people of the
community to continue to live in peace while
a permanent solution to the problem was
being sought, just as he assured them that
the perpetrators of the attacks, which led to
the destruction of lives and property in the
community, would be brought to book.
Speaking on Sunday, May 1, when he led a
team of National Assembly members from
Enugu state, on an assessment and
condolence tour of the community,

Ekweremadu further called on all Nigerians
to respect the sanctity of life as well as the
culture and tradition of host communities
where ever they find themselves.
In the same vein, the federal government,
has called on the people of the South East
geo-political zone to be patient, law-abiding
and peaceful as President Muhammadu
Buhari was committed toward bringing to a
halt the issue of insurgency across the
The Minister of Science and Technology,
Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, made the call in his
country home at Uburu in Ohaozara Local
Government Area of the state, where he
received key stakeholders of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, within the
South East zone in his residence.
Onu, who appealed for calm among the
people of the zone, charged them not to
take laws into their hands as the President
had already given directives towards curbing
the recent menace of criminality.

“The President has condemned it; we appeal
to our people in the South-East to exercise
patience,” Onu said.