Obi a true change agent, says don

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Obi (file photo)

By Valentine Amanze

A lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Tansian University, Umunya, Mr. Nze U. Nze, has described the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, Mr. Peter Obi, as a “true, tried and tasted change agent.”

Nze made the commendation at Tansian University, Umunya, during the Public Presentation of his award winning book, titled: “Okuko Sakata Usa Nkata Ekpudo ya,” on Thursday.

Nze, who recalled the N1 million Obi gave to all the first class graduates, numbering over 500, of which he was a beneficiary, said that the grant helped many of them to realize their dreams of furthering their education.

His words: “I can assure you that many of us are teaching in different higher institutions across the country and some gainfully employed by good organizations and corporate bodies. We are all fulfilled.”

Commending what he called Obi’s sense of propriety, he said: “You did not give money to individuals, but as the governor, everybody now appreciates the fact that you used the resources of the state to work for the state and to build the Human Resources.”

Also, at the event, Obi recalled how he visited a hospital and was greeted by a nurse, who introduced herself as a former student of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, when he [Obi] was supporting the upgrade of the institution, which enabled the School of Nursing, Laboratory Technology  and Midwifery to gain accreditation.

“Likewise; one medical doctor I met recently also said he was able to graduate from  Chukwuemeka-Odumegwu University after my administration secured accreditation of the University’s Teaching Hospital,” he said.

Obi pointed out that the two encounters and the book presentation by a lecturer that benefitted from the state’s recognition of their achievements were what gave him joy and fulfillment and not attending birthday or related  epicurean parties.

Obi said that he was particularly delighted that  Nze wrote in Igbo language and that his work won the First Prize in the 2021 Nigeria National Award for Creative Writing in Indigenous Language.

He also lamented the increasing abandonment of Igbo language to the point that even a bricklayer in the village now speaks English to his children.

He said that it was because of the ugly  situation that he supported the “Subakwa Igbo” group, offered automatic employment to Igbo Language graduates and gave out all manners of scholarships on Igbo Language.

Obi said that the situation was more alarming today and actually called for the meeting of stakeholders  to come up with drastic measures to stem the ugly tide.

The students of the school expressed appreciation to Obi for the N100 million he gave to their school that enabled them tar the entrance road to the school and for the school bus and other amenities they benefitted under Obi’s administration.

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