Immediate past governor of Anambra State, Chief Peter Obi has said that he will dedicate a lot of his time out of government to the promotion of education in the country, especially in the South East geo-political zone of the country.
Chief Obi, who has been visiting schools in different States of the South East zone and raising funds for the rehabilitation of the schools, especially those in the remote parts of the States told journalists in Lagos on Sunday that most of the schools he has visited were in various pathetic states of disrepair, stressing that the state governments cannot grapple with the sorry situation alone.
Okwute Ndigbo, as he is fondly called, also pointed out that no governor in any of the states should see him as interfering in their governance of their states or distracting them since what he was doing was merely to complement what they are supposed to be doing .
He has visited schools in Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia and Anambra states where he has been donating millions of Naira, some raised from corporate bodies and friends of his, towards rehabilitation of dormitories and provision of other direly needed infrastructures.
Chief Obi said that some of the schools were in such remote parts of the states that they may not have been attended to if he had not intervened, pointing out that such direct interventions had spectacular effects as the affected pupils and their parents were instantly lifted from despondency.
He said that he had been into philanthropy long before he became a governor and would continue, irrespective of the antics of those who preferred to misunderstand his motives. Obi, who was the Deputy Director, South, of the Campaign Organisation of President Goodluck Jonathan, denied speculations that he was going to defect to the All Peoples Congress, APC, stressing that he would support President Jonathan to the end of his tenure and would be part of the effort to reposition the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to wrest power from the APC 2019.
He pledged that he would be one of those who would escort President Jonathan back to Otuoke, Bayelsa state after the May 29 hand over of power, insisting that the President was gallant even in defeat and would always have a place of honour in the history of Nigeria.
Currently the Chairman of the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Chief Obi said he would use the platform of his appointment and the wealth of his experience, to stabilise and move that sector of the economy forward.
He called on the governors of the South East Zone, including those the incoming ones to be prudent with the resources of the people of their states, and work in harmony so