ENUGU – THE people of Oduma-Achara community in Aninri Local government Area of Enugu has called for the intervention of the state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in a sleaze allegation over N5 million development fund that is currently tearing the community apart. They made the call during a mega peaceful protest across major roads
ENUGU – THE people of Oduma-Achara community in Aninri Local government Area of Enugu has called for the intervention of the state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in a sleaze allegation over N5 million development fund that is currently tearing the community apart.
They made the call during a mega peaceful protest across major roads in the area where they alleged that their Town Union President General, PG, Mr Pius Ani had connived with his executives and their traditional ruler, HRH Igwe Murphy Chukwu, to embezzling the money.
It was gathered that the fund in contention, is N5 million first tranche of N10 million which the Ugwuanyi administration is giving to every autonomous community in the state through the Visit Every Community (VEC) initiative, to fund their choice projects.
Addressing a crowd of angry protesters, the youth leader of the community, Livinus Mba explained that they had conducted the protest as a warning to the leaders for them to return the money immediately, adding that any further delay would attract a direct and more determined protest to the state governor at the government house.
While further accusing the PG and Igwe of high-handedness, insincerity and corruption, among others, the youth leader alleged that the leaders had always misappropriated funds that were given to the community by government and donor agencies in the past, pointing out that they had embezzled N10 million and N5 million respectively in the past.
“It is because of their continued misappropriation of community funds that they banned us from holding youth meeting so we would not ask questions or checkmate their activities. But enough is enough.
“We want the governor to know that the money that he had given our community with good motive, had fallen into wrong hands and since dissolved into their pockets. Let the governor use his good offices to smoke out the money from them.
“We are tired of our Igwe and the PG, let the government help us to replace them, they are both corrupt, self-centered and conniving against our community,” he said.
The youth leader’s positions were corroborated by several other speakers who unanimously called for the removal of the traditional ruler and PG, respectively.
Part of their grouse and reason for demanding for the sack of the accused leaders is also that both of them do not reside within the community but rather, in Enugu and Asaba respectively.
It was gathered that while the traditional ruler allegedly resides in Enugu capital city, the PG on the other hand, is said to be living in Asaba, Delta State.
They also claimed that the community had unanimously agreed to use the fund to put their feeder roads in proper shape before the rains set in but were surprised when the leaders later mobilized them for manual repairs on the roads, which they said were impassable during the rainy season.