Anambra: Confusion in Ifitedunu community over N5000 COVID-19 levy

By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu

Hundreds of card-carrying Indigenes of Ifitedunu Community in Dunukofia local government area of Anambra State yesterday protested alleged abuse of office by their President- General, Mr Uche Oragwuncha.

The protesters who converged on the Government House, Awka, with placards, with various inscriptions demanded the removal of their President -General.
In their letter, which was presented to Governor Willie Obiano by their representative, Engr. Uchechukwu Ogoemeka, the villagers declared total support for the state government effort in the fight against the dreaded pandemic, security and unemployment in the state.

They however alleged in their statement that, “the President-General, has been collecting COVID-19 levy of N5,000 on all taxable adults in the Community in the name of, “we are State Government taskforce”.

They alleged that he also imposed unauthorized burial levy of N1,000 on every bereaved family in the community.

“Our PG had also mismanaged state government Covid-19 palliatives to the community. He has also created rancour and division among the peace-loving people of Ifitedunu by unnecessarily pitching them against one another.
“We request the state governor to call the PG to order to avoid a breakdown of law and order in the area.”

The Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr Greg Obi, who received the protesters, represented by Henry Nwasike, urged them to maintain the peace, assuring that the state government will look into their demands.

The President General, Uche Oragwuncha when contacted said he has nothing to say over the allegations.

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