Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on Monday presented cheques worth N733 million to churches for the rehabilitation of mission primary schools in the state. His administration had returned the schools to the churches in 2011.
Presenting the cheques at the Government Lodge in Awka, Governor Obi expressed satisfaction that his partnership with the Church in the area of education and infrastructure development was yielding positive results.
“Last year, Anambra came first in NECO. This year the state produced the best in Unity Schools,” Obi said. The governor further explained that the aim of returning the schools to the missions was to restore their pride of place, especially in giving children quality upbringing. He revealed that more buses, computers, generators and internet facilities would be distributed to government schools, churches as well as privately owned schools before the end of the year.
Archbishop Christian Efobi represented the Anglican Church while the Catholic Church was represented by the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor. “Today our secondary schools can boast of buses; we want to thank God because Obi is doing this because he has the fear of God,” Efobi said.
He promised the governor that the beneficiaries would continue to support him and the state in prayers. Ezeokafor, who represented Archbishop Valerie Okeke, also thanked the governor for his courage in returning the schools and for the continued support towards their rehabilitation.
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