The Transition Committee Chairman, Nsukka LGA of Enugu State, Mrs. Chinwe Ugwu, has said she would not be blackmailed into apologising for giving out wheelbarrows to indigent persons from the area to assist them economically.
Recall 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 pushers 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, Ugwu has continued to attract criticism for the gesture, with critics 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.
BREAKING: Chaos As Vandalized NNPC Pipeline Explodes In Lagos [VIDEO]
Pandemonium broke out on Sunday evening when a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation exploded in the Oke-Ode area of Abule-Egba, Lagos State.
It was gathered that the suspected cause of the fire incident was due to the activities of vandals, who allegedly ruptured the pipeline in a bid to steal fuel.
As of the time of filing this report, the estimated value of the properties burnt in the fire incident could not be ascertained.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Oluwafemi Okeosanyintolu, who confirmed the incident, said, “There is a fire incident at Oke-Odo. We are already coordinating.”
Also, the Director-General, Lagos State Fire Service, Magret Adeseye, said three fire service stations had been deployed in the area to curtail the fire, adding that no casualty had been recorded.
“Yes, a fire incident is ongoing. Three of our stations are present at the scene of the fire incident. The fire is still on, but under control, we deployed Agege, Alausa and one other fire station to the area. The cause of the fire incident is still under investigation, no casualty has been recorded for now.”
#BALENCIAGA@jidesanwoolu @followlasg @lshaofficial @Sega @DrCOmole this is fire outbreak presently happening at AGBADO-OKEODO ABULE-EGBA LAGOS STATE
MORE THAN 200 HOUSES BOURNT DOWN NOW AND MORE STILL BURNING pic.twitter.com/aE4LSQ3yS3
— EAGLE (@owoyimikafestus) January 19, 2020
Ihedioha: Fr Mbaka Releases Another Dangerous Prophecy
Catholic priest and spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has released a dangerous prophecy on those criticizing him for predicting the removal of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as Governor of Imo State.
The fiery priest prophesied that God’s judgment will come on the people who are accusing him of releasing fake prophecies.
Mbaka’s prophecy was released on Facebook, via the AMEN’s page.
AMEN, on a post on its Facebook page maintained that Mbaka’s prophecies were from God.
“I bless the name of the Most High God because He said it and it came to pass.
“My prophecy is not borrowed or from any evil altar but from God Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth,” he said.
Mbaka further added: “Some accused me of being a politician but only God knows who I am. Let God of Adoration speak for me. You who speak evil against me, hmmm… God of Adoration is a consuming fire. I declare judgment upon those who curse me for nothing. My hands are clean.
”I bless those who know the truth and stand for it. Let God of Elijah fight for me. Let the heaven speak and let the children of God receive their all-round blessings, in Jesus mighty name!
“The Lord is taking you to a level even your enemy cannot reach. This will be your year of abundance. Everything you ask in your prayer will be in abundance, in Jesus mighty name,” Father Mbaka declared.
Fani-Kayode Blasts Anthony Joshua For Prostrating Before Buhari
Former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Femi Fani-Kayode has lambasted Anthony Joshua for prostrating before President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a video and picture that surfaced online, the 30-year-old Nigerian British boxer was seen prostrating before the President on Saturday in the United Kingdom, as he presented his heavyweight belts.
Joshua’s action attracted praises from the president’s aides and his family members who attended the meeting.
However, Fani-Kayode and his loyalists seem to be unhappy with Joshua as they declare their hatred for his act of respect to the president.
Reacting to Joshua’s action on Sunday, Fani-Kayode described it as “utterly repulsive and disgusting.”
He tweeted: “I find this picture @anthonyfjoshua’s behaviour utterly repulsive and disgusting. Prostrating before his slave master & a bloodthirsty dictator & tyrant who is viciously persecuting and humiliating his people: what a crying shame. This speaks volumes. He has lost me!.”