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Enugu Fire: Ugwuanyi replaces burnt commercial bus and two tricycles for victims amid excitement.. As Abakpa Fire Victims pay Thank-You visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi
By Lamido Yusuf

There was elation at the Government House, Enugu on Thursday when three victims of the recent fire outbreak at a petrol station in Trans Ekulu, Enugu whose commercial bus and two tricycles were burnt during the inferno took delivery of replaced ones donated by the governor, in fulfillment of his promise when he visited the scene.

Briefing Government House correspondents, after the bus and tricycles were formally handed over to them by the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs. Nkechi Eneh, on behalf of the governor, the jubilant beneficiaries who displayed different dance steps, praising God and thanking the governor for the surprise package, said that today was the happiest day of their lives.

They added that Gov. Ugwuanyi has wiped away their tears and prayed fervently for God to continue to grant him success in all his endeavors, especially his victory at the forthcoming elections.

One of the tricycle operators, John Obalezi said that “we are here because the Governor of Enugu State visited when our keke and bus were burnt and asked us not to cry again that he will wipe our tears. We are here because he invited us today and bought new keke for us and bought a bus for the bus driver. We came to thank the governor and pray for him and his victory in the coming election to complete his 2nd term”.

According to the bus driver, Sunday Ugwu, “I am very happy. Today is the happiest day of my life. I did not believe it was going to happen like this. I don’t have much to say than to thank the Lord and the governor. I even thank the Aunty (Mrs. Eneh) and everybody. I am overjoyed. I did not know that my bus will return back again. I thank the Lord and my God. I thank the governor, Gburugburu, let him continue to lead us in Jesus Name. Amen”.

It would be recalled that the governor had earlier redeemed his promise to the other victims of the incident, accordingly.

Earlier in the week, three widows and two other families, who were victims of the recent fire outbreak that gutted their apartments at Ugboezeji, Abakpa Nike, Enugu, had on Wednesday paid a thank-you visit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for the timely assistance he offered them to overcome their challenges and start a new life.

It would be recalled that Gov. Ugwuanyi, upon receiving the unfortunate news of the inferno, dispatched a government delegation led by Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, to the victims to sympathize and offer them assistance.

Consequently, the governor gave the five tenants the sum of N500, 000 each and N1 million to the landlord to assist her rebuild the property.

Briefing newsmen at the Government House, Enugu, amid excitement, after an audience with the governor, the widows and other victims expressed profound gratitude to him for his kindheartedness, care, compassion, humility and magniminty to the lowly and less privileged.

The victims who sang praise songs for Gov. Ugwuanyi asked God to continue to bless, guide and grant him his heart’s desire, stressing that they were highly honoured to be assisted and also invited to the Government House to interact and be consoled by the governor.

Speaking, the daughter of the late landlord of the burnt property, Priscilla Aniekwe, confirmed that “the Governor of Enugu State came to our rescue and he assisted the landlord with the sum of N1 million and each of the tenants - the three widows and two others - he gave them foods, mattresses, and other relief materials and also gave each of them N500,000”.

According to her, “we are here to appreciate him, to tell him that he has done good things for us. We are so happy for all he has done for us. We are excited; we can’t thank him enough; may the good Lord lift him higher, and promote him wherever he puts his head. Let the good Lord guide and protect him in Jesus Name. Amen”.

One of the widows, Mrs. Nneka Onyekwelu, said: “We are very happy for what our God-fearing governor, Gburugburu has done for us. Let the Almighty God bless him in the Name of Jesus. We had lost all hope when everything we had got burnt into ashes, until he came to our rescue and gave us hope again. May Almighty God help him and give him abundant life. Amen”.

Narrating her ordeal, another widow, Mrs. Patience Eze, stated: “On that 25th December 2018, I went to church and came back, went to the market to buy some things before I could come back fire has razed down my room. I did not bring out anything.

“But when we were crying, asking for where will help come from, surprisingly Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, came to our rescue and gave us all kinds of assistance. He gave us foods, he gave us money.

“Our prayer is that God will reward him and all those working with him that came to console us and wipe away our tears. He has redeemed all he promised to do for us. All of us are very happy. And we are saying, our governor, it shall be well with you. May God continue to guide and protect you and grant you victory in your re-election this New Year. Goodness and mercy shall not depart from you in Jesus Name. Amen.

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