Fire Guts Over 60 Shops In Enugu Market

 

An early morning fire has burnt at least 68 shops in Amaigbo market in Enugu state.

The cause of the fire is yet to be known, but there are speculations that it may have occurred from a power surge.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who paid a condolence visit to the traders, directed the Chairman of Enugu North council area to take inventory of the loss caused by the fire and ascertain the cost of reconstructing the market and forward same to his office.

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Enugu Govt Restates Commitment To Run Transparent Government

The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has assured the people of his commitment to run a continuous transparent and accountable government.

He made this known at the 2017 Democracy Day at the Micheal Okpara Square Enugu where he also celebrated two years of peace and good governance of his government.

“On our part, we wish to reassure you that we will continue to run an open and accountable government. We will continue to consult you every step of the way.

“Most importantly, we will continue to work with you to ensure that we realise the dreams of our forefathers to build a peaceful and prosperous state driven by the true spirit of brotherhood.” He said.

The governor also recounted what his administration has been able to do in two years of service in different sectors of governance ranging from security, infrastructure development, workers welfare, health sector, agricultural sector among others.

He, however, committed to fulfilling his campaign promises for the common good of the people.

Ugwuanyi Promises Better Welfare Of Inmates In Enugu

Ugwuanyi Promises Better Welfare Of Inmates In EnuguEnugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has assured the inmates in the state of his resolve to attend to their welfare.

Speaking during his 53rd birthday celebration at the Enugu Maximum Prisons, Governor Ugwuanyi said he has set aside funds and necessary logistics to lawyers and Civil Society Organisations to secure the prompt release of inmates.

“Having taken notice of the over-crowding or congestion in the prisons, especially the ever-growing population of inmates that are awaiting trials, we have set aside funds and we are providing necessary logistics to lawyers and civil society organisations to secure the prompt release of inmates where legally possible.

“I have listened to the demands of the Comptroller of the Enugu Prison Command, I want to assure and reassure you that very soon, government will attend to some of those issues,” he said.

In her address, the Enugu State Comptroller of Prisons, Mrs Ukwuori Ndukwe Kalu, commended the Governor for the attention the command has received since inception of his administration.

“I have been following with keen interest your assistance to prison inmates since my arrival in the state, ranging from prompt intervention during the Nsukka jail break incident in 2016, renovation at the Enugu Prison, release of funds for procurement of drugs for inmates and granting of pardon to seven deserving inmates among others,” she said.

The Prisons Comptroller noted that the level of sophistication of inmates would require proactive measures to avoid incidents like jail breaks and riot in the prisons.

“To be proactive, we need five escort vehicles to convey armed squad personnel to and from courts in Enugu, three eighteen-seater buses with gadgets for effective communication to convey suspects and inmates to courts across Nsukka, Oji River and Enugu Prison in the State Command,” she said.

Mrs Kalu also called the governor’s attention to the sewage challenges they face in the facilities, especially in Nsukka.

In his response, Governor Ugwuanyi reiterated his commitment to assisting the command in the area of welfare.

“We have taken note of sewage and other allied challenges confronting these prisons and I have resolved to take necessary measures and we will address them adequately and satisfactorily,” he said.

Crime Fighting: Enugu Government To Train Tricycle Riders

kekeIn a bid to fight crime and strengthen security in Enugu state, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has made known his plan to train tricycle riders and offer financial logistics support for their services.

This, he believes would enable them work hand in hand with other security agencies to put an end to attacks by hoodlums in the state.

Speaking at a security meeting with the tricycle riders, the governor said members of the association would be trained in the area of crime prevention, detention and identification and apprehension of criminal elements.

Chairman of the Tricycle Riders Association, Mr Benjamin Ejiofor, told the governor that the group members are victims of insecurity in the state even as they are committed to contributing immensely to its Internal Generated Revenue.

“Your excellency, our members are constantly victims of armed robbery assassination and menaces of all sorts when going about their normal businesses,” he stated.

Ugwuanyi in response, then called on the group to be part of the administration fight against crime.

He said members would be given financial support for their services after the training and security officers would be appointed in that regard, to liaise with the association to ensure that its objectives are achieved.

Furthermore, he stated that “it is for this reason that we have decided to formally engage you the tricycle riders in a scheme that will enable you work hand in hand with security agencies in areas of crime prevention detection as well as identification and apprehension of criminal elements in the state.

“In as much as this is a call of duty on you as citizens, we have decided to train you free of charge.

“Officers from security agencies will be appointed to liaise with you on daily basis in order to ensure that objectives of this initiative are fully realised.

“I count on your cooperation in this task as I reiterate our commitment to ensure you go about your business without undue molestation or harassment.”

Some members of the association have also expressed optimism over the fact that if well implemented, the exercise would indeed improve their standard of living.