Reporter : PAMELA IGWE
Over one thousand residents of Ndiowu Community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State have protested against alleged imposition of caretaker committee in the Administration of Ndiowu Town Union.
The protesters who were at the Government House Awka to lay their grievances to the Governor, alleged that some cabals in their community discarded their peaceful town union election, which produced an Exco led by Chike Emenike as President General and arranged caretaker committee against their wish.
The protesters who were carried placards with some of the inscription as “CARETAKER IS OVER IN NDIOWU,” “NDIOWU DESERVES GOOD PEOPLE ORIENTED LEADERSHIP NOT CARETAKER,” “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” and NO MORE CARETAKER COMMITTEE.
Addressing journalists, a youth leader, Mr. Obiorah Mgbemena, lamented that the community conducted town union election three times but were all rejected by the cabals, who alleged that the Governor Willie Obiano administration was uncomfortable with the out come of the polls.
For her part, a woman leader, Mrs. Virginia Orji, explained that it had been over five years since the inception of the Caretaker Committee in the community, expressing regret that the situation had moved Ndiowu backwards.
Also speaking, Mrs. Obiageli Nwafor while stressing that Ndiowu women tasked themselves five hundred naira each to build an ultra modern market at Orie Bagu market, alleging that the caretaker leadership lied to the Government that the market was the product of the twenty million naira government sponsored projects.
Mrs. Nwafor appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to restore peace in Ndiowu.
Presenting their petition to the State Government, the Secretary of the community, Mr. Onyeka Orji, explained that the tenure of the Caretaker Committee had expired and called for conduct of election in Ndiowu community.
Addressings the protesters onbehalf of the Governor, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, enjoined the residents to remain law abiding as he pledged to transfer their grievances as contained in their protest letter to the Anambra State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs for immediate action.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Uche Okafor, commended the protesters for making their demands peacefully.