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Fresh crisis in Enugu community over Neighbourhood Watch’s allowance

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A fresh crisis might have erupted in Ogbozinne community, Nkanu West Local Council, Enugu State over the decision of the government to pay a token to members of the Neighbourhood Watch in the state.

Trouble was said to have started following the replacement of members of the group, who had been working in the community in the past two years without pay, with fresh names by community stakeholders.

The Guardian learnt that their replacements were made without their knowledge, immediately government made public its intention, adding it was only discovered when members in Ogbozinne went to receive their stipend at Nkanu Local Council headquarters.

Those affected were members from Ogbozi,  Ndiagu and Ogbuafor communities, all in Ogbozinne Autonomous Community.

The development was said to have sparked off protest, yesterday, at the council.

It was learnt that the immediate past Commissioner for Human Development and Poverty Reduction, Obinna Mbaeke had inaugurated the Neighbourhood Watch members of the community, two years ago.

One the affected members, Emeka Nnamani told The Guardian their names were “replaced by stakeholders’ cronies, because money is now involved. We have been working for over two years without pay. Nobody cared…” Chairman, Neighbourhood Watch Association, Nkanu West Local Council, Chibuzo Ukwu, lamented the development, saying he would do all within his ability to resolve t the matter amicably.

Also the Councilor in the area, Onyebuchi Okenwa, confirmed the development, stressing that he would intervene to ensure its amicable resolution.


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