In continuation of his tour of all the Secondary schools, returned by Anambra State government to their original owners, Governor Obi yesterday toured another six schools namely Girls Secondary School, Oba; Girls Secondary School, Onitsha; Comprehensive Secondary School, Onitsha; Dennis Memorial Secondary School, Onitsha; St. Monica’s Secondary School, Ogbunike and Ogidi Girls’ Secondary School. At each of the schools, he tasted their food, visited their refectory, conveniences and other facilities and gave them N10 million Cheque each out of the N20 Million they will get for the rehabilitation of the schools for 2012
Obi said he could have easily delegated his Commissioners to tour these Schools but he decided to do it on his own in order to see firsthand the state of these schools to determine the extent of support the government would continue to render to them.
He expressed general satisfaction on the neatness of those schools but regretted how government ran them down after taking over from the Missionaries. With apologies, he assured that government must continue to do everything possible until the schools are returned to their former glory. He also expressed satisfaction that there is marked improvement since the schools were returned to the Missionaries.
In his own remarks, the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Most Rev. Dr. Owen Nwokolo, who accompanied the Governor to those Schools, expressed surprise that a Governor could make out time In Nigeria of today where governance has been bastardized to visit schools, taste students’ food and personally access the infrastructure in the schools. The Bishop commended the Governor for his interest in all the sectors, especially his partnership with the Church to restore education and improve health care delivery. He said that however the situation that what kept recurring was Governor Obi’s genuine interest in the development of Anambra State.
He recalled that the governor had earlier provided schools in the State with computers, Internet access, and buses; provided them with boreholes, generators and above all, equipped their laboratories. He assured the Governor that the Church will continue to remember him in prayers.
In her own remarks, the Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Dr, Mrs. Uju Okeke described Obi’s government as a glorious era for the State. She said that the level of development in the State could only be achieved by no other person than Governor Obi who she said was exceptionally committed to making the State the number one in Nigeria. She commended the Governor’s prudence which she said made it possible for the level of development to be achieved.