The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna, has commended the former governor of Anambra State HE Mr. Peter Obi for handing over schools to the original owners – the missions while he was the governor of Anambra State. The Cleric said that for that singular act that changed the face of education in Anambra and accorded the Church her due, Obi would forever remain the hero of the Church and humanity in that regard. He said this during the Education Week 2018 Summit held at the open field within the Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri.
Noting the improvement in education brought forth by what he termed “Obi’s revolution” in education in Anambra State, the Cleric called on all those that govern states to look at and study Obi’s template as the sure and affordable way to restore the glory of education nationwide. He frowned at the claim by some people of doing wonders in the education sector when they have refused to abide by necessary things as Obi did in Anambra State.
In his own remarks, Obi said that the problem with Nigeria was neither Mr. Ideology or Mr. Planning, but the inability or lack of courage among the leaders when it came to putting plans into action without minding whose ox is gored. Recalling the war he waged when he returned schools to her owners in Anambra State, Obi said that virtually all interests were mounted against him, but that being convinced on the rightness of his course, he did not relent.
It will be called that Obi returned schools to the Church in 2010 and backed it up with billions of Naira in grants with which the owners of the schools rehabilitated them. Obi also directly provided schools in the State with buses, INTERNET connectivity, generators, sporting materials, boreholes, computers, libraries, laboratories such that under his watch, Anambra schools came first in NECO and WAECS throughout the country for three consecutive years.
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The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rv. Dr. Anthony Obinna (Middle), presenting the 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence in Education to Mr. Peter Obi (right) at the Assumpta Cathedral Field, Owerri, while Dr. Paschal Dozie (Left) watches in excitement