By: Chinenyeh Ozor, Nsukka:
INCREASING menace of lunatics in the University town of Nsukka, Enugu State has become a source of worry to residents of the town and its environs as a socio-cultural organisation, Odenigbo General Assembly (OGA) cried out to Nsukka local government council to rescue the community from the menace of lunatics that increases in the area as day breaks and saves the ugly situation and horrible sight of mad people masquerading in day light in the area.
President of the Assembly, Chief Charles Anekwe, made the plea during a courtesy visit to the new transition committee chairman of Nsukka local government council, Dr. Ejike Asadu, in his office by executives of the assembly. He said the recent incident in the area where a lunatic stoned a resident (Eddy Arts) to death was an indication that urgent steps need to be taken to avert future occurrence of such incident in the area.
“On daily basis, one will see new madmen and women roaming the area in numbers making residents of the community to wonder if Odenigbo has become a dumping ground for lunatics migrating from neighbouring states of the northern axis that share boundaries with Nsukka, Enugu State. We are appealing to Nsukka local government council to come to our rescue and checkmate the hazardous acts of lunatics in the area like littering the streets with dirts, and blocking drainages with refuse.”
Chief Anekwe appealed to the council boss to provide a new high voltage transformer in Odenigbo to cushion the effect of constant power outage in the area due to overload of the aged existing one mounted in the 70s, pointing out that the epileptic power supply being experienced was as a result of overload of the existing one. “We will appreciate if the council would donate a higher voltage transformer to Odenigbo residents to improve the epileptic power supply ad constant power outage in the area. We have lodged several complaints to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) for the replacement of the only existing one but nothing positive has come out of it,” he said.
The president pledged the cooperation and support of all residents of Odenigbo to the new council boss noting that some of the visions of Odenigbo General Assembly include improved wellbeing and environmental development of the area, to attract job opportunities for the youths as well as mobilising residents to key into government policies and programmes. “The Assembly through radio jingles and enlightenment campaigns sensitized and mobilized residents to ensure that those under 18 years and above registered on the ongoing INEC voter registration,” he said.
Responding, the transition committee chairman of Nsukka local government council, Dr. EjikeAsadu expressed appreciation for the visit by the Assembly and pledged that the current administration of the council would do its best to move the community forward to ensure a healthy and clean environment mostly on the menace of lunatics in the university town of Nsukka.
“The present council administration operates an open door policy and welcomes constructive advice to move the locality to an enviable height in the modern society and I assure you all that the council would donate a transformer to Odenigbo residents as soon as it’s finances improve. I have limited time and I will be handing over to the winner of November 4, 2017 local government election but I assure you that if funding improves, the council will provide the requested transformer to Odenigbo.”
Among those present during the courtesy visit were; HRH Igwe Herbert Ukuta of Igga ancient kingdom, two term- Nsukaa local council boss, Chief Tony Ugwu, former caretaker committee chairman of the Council , Chief Onyema Idoko, one time supervisory councillor for education, Chief Iyke Oloto, retired superintendent of police Andy, incumbent special adviser to the chairman on special duties, Okey Onyishi, lady Ekwy Ugwoke among others.