The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25 general election Mr. Peter Obi, donated N10 million at the foundation laying ceremony of the Department of Midwifery and Public Health Nursing of the Millennium College of Nursing Sciences of the Awka Anglican Communion in Awka.
Obi had previously donated N40 million to Faith Specialist Hospital, where the College is located.
The contribution he said is aimed at enhancing the Diocese’s overall initiatives in strengthening its healthcare facilities.
Obi also said that through his planned giving, he would be part of the project till fruition.
Speaking at the event, which took place in Awka on Friday Obi restated that his motivation for the gesture stemmed from his belief that healthcare is one of the critical developmental needs of any society.
He encouraged the support of institutions like the Church in their ongoing efforts to develop these vital areas.
He explained that his motivation to provide assistance was rooted in the understanding that these facilities do not solely benefit the bishop and his priests but rather the entire populace of the state and pledged his commitment to the project.
He pledged to leverage his connections to secure funding from his friends.
The Anglican Bishop of Awka and the Archbishop of Niger Province, Most Rev. Dr. Alexander Ibezim, commended Obi for consistently demonstrating his commitment to the welfare of the masses.
He cited Mr. Obi’s past accomplishments in Anambra State, such as the return of schools to the Church and massive financial support to the schools as well as substantial financial support for healthcare, as exemplary actions that other leaders should emulate when genuinely dedicated to serving the people.
He referred to Obi as “the builder of both individuals and institutions,” emphasizing how his investments in education and healthcare dramatically transformed the landscape of these vital sectors within the state.
Also Obi’s former Commissioner and Chief of Staff, Prof. Stella Chinyere Okunna, praised the Church for its dedication to initiatives that improve society.
She recalled that during Obi’s tenure as Governor, his vision was aligned with global developmental goals.
Under his leadership, Okunna said the healthcare sector was completely revitalized.
Okunna emphasized that “It was Obi’s government that initiated the construction of Chukwuemeka-Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital from scratch, equipped it, and secured accreditation and that his administration also built 10 new maternity and child care facilities in remote areas of the state, and purchased close to 100 ambulances for selected Anambra hospitals.
The Provost, Mrs. Chisom Ezulike, expressed her appreciation of Obi’s kind gestures.
She praised Obi for generously providing her with his contact information and encouraging her to reach out at any time for discussions on the institutions’ advancements and any challenges they might encounter