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Outrage as Nsukka Council Boss empowers youths with wheelbarrows (PHOTOS)

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The Transition Committee Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, Hon. Mrs. Chinwe Ugwu has drawn the ire of residents of Enugu State and beyond after she rolled out a wheelbarrow empowerment programme.

Press reports that Ugwu is one of the chairmen that were appointed last December, ahead of the Local Government election slated for February this year.

in spite of that, in a move many have described as ‘shocking and insulting’, she launched a wheelbarrow empowerment scheme on Monday, at the Council secretariat.

Just 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.

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But 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.

Press gathered that though some stakeholders in the area had advised against the wheelbarrow empowerment, 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.


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An infuriated Nsukka youth, Chikezie Omeje told Press “this is an insult too 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.”

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