Indigenes of Enugu State who have returned to the state through the free transportation service provided by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration have commended the governor for his kind gesture and commitment to the wellbeing of the people of the state.
The returnees thanked the governor for making it possible for them to return home to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with their loved ones, saying that it was the first time they had experienced such gesture.
The visibly excited indigenes, who spoke after they were formally received on arrival by the Managing Director of Enugu State Transport Company Limited (ENTRACO), Mr. Bob Itanyi and other top government functionaries at the company’s former main depot in Enugu, noted that they experienced a smooth journey and expressed gratitude to God for the safe trip.
The returnees from Abuja, Jalingo, Kaduna, Makurdi, Lagos and Minna, among others, said that if not for the magnanimity, kindness and caring spirit of the governor, they would not have returned home, especially in this period of fuel scarcity and attendant high transport fare.
Speaking, one of the beneficiaries, Ebere Udeh said: “I am very happy and I want to say a very big thank you to our governor because he really helped us. From Abuja to East here is N8,000, some N9,000 and the governor came to our aid. We enjoyed the journey”.
Another beneficiary, Mrs. Jecinta Anieke, added: “I feel very happy, very great today. In fact, since I started travelling during December, period I have not seen this kind of thing in my life. Today is my first time.”
Also speaking, Chief Joseph Eke said: “We are from Abuja and we are very happy. May God bless our governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. In 2019, nobody will contest against him.”
According to Ogechi Nnamani, “honestly, I am very excited because I didn’t have money to travel, but when I heard that our governor brought out free vehicles, I got prepared. May God continue to bless him.”
In his remark, the Managing Director of ENTRACO, Itanyi, thanked God for their safe arrival, saying that the gesture was in line with the governor’s humanitarian gesture and commitment towards ameliorating the sufferings of the people of the state.
He added that returnees from the remaining states were on their way and would be officially received as soon as they arrive. It could be recalled that Gov. Ugwuanyi in the spirit of Christmas offered free transportation for indigenes of the state residing in other parts of Nigeria, who intend to return home to celebrate the festive season with their loved ones.
Announcing the welfare package recently, the ENTRACO boss stated that the beneficiaries would be those who are duly registered with the Enugu State Town Unions in their respective states of residence, adding that the company would coordinate the exercise with the leadership of the unions in the affected states for accountability and effective result.