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Obi calls on government, church to partner on development

R-L: Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Rev. Anthonio Filipazzi; Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nsukka; Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and Mr. Peter Obi after the dedication of St. Theresa’s Cathedral Nsukka

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on the government to partner with the church and other progressive organisations in driving forward human development in society.

Obi made this call while addressing newsmen at Nsukka during the dedication of St Theresa’s Cathedral, Nsukka. He said that he was happy to grace the occasion while commending the Bishop of Nsukka Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Godfrey Onah, the clergy and lay faithful of Nsukka Diocese for achieving what he described as a great feat.

Obi called on the government to advance the cause of humanity and societal development by partnering more closely with all societies of good will, especially the church. He explained that the church has been known to contribute greatly to human development and a partnership with them will be more beneficial to society.

Recalling his days as the Governor of Anambra State, Obi said that the bulk of his achievements in the State were as a result of his partnership with the church.

“For example, in 2010, we returned schools to the Church and since then, the educational records of the schools changed for the better. Our students started excelling, even on the global stage.

“When you talk about the health service delivery in Anambra, the hospitals performing well are the ones managed by the church. So there is no denying the fact that the church is a strong support system for societal development,” Obi stated.

Obi reminded all that the ultimate beneficiary of the church’s services is the society, “and we must strengthen them to do more,” Obi concluded.

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