Peter Obi (file photo)
‘The Archbishop said that through Obi’s generosity, the Millenium College of Nursing Sciences is not only transforming the lives of its students but also equipping them for promising careers in healthcare that meets global standards’
The Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese and Archbishop of Niger Province, Most Rev’d Dr. Alexander Ibezim, has described Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, as a man whose paramount aspiration is to improve people’s lives for the betterment of society.
He also lauded Obi for believing in investing in humanity, particularly through projects focused on healthcare and education, which hold the power to catalyze transformative change within society.
Archbishop Ibezim made the commendation at the Foundation Stone Laying ceremony for the Department of Midwifery and Public Health Nursing at the Millenium College of Nursing Sciences in Awka.
He said, “Obi’s substantial contribution of N40 million played a pivotal role in establishing this department”, stressing that Obi further extended his support with an additional N10 million during the event.
The Archbishop said that through Obi’s generosity, the Millenium College of Nursing Sciences is not only transforming the lives of its students but also equipping them for promising careers in healthcare that meets global standards.
“Mr. Peter Obi’s presence among us serves as a poignant reminder of his small mustard seed, which has blossomed into the substantial tree we see today. I recall vividly the moment many years ago when he handed me a lump sum check of N40 million. That single act of compassion marked the inception of this College of Nursing.
“Mr. Peter Obi, you will forever remain ingrained in our memories. Your name is etched in the annals of this institution’s history. Today, time doesn’t allow us to enumerate all the benevolent actions you’ve taken for us and our nation as a whole. Your decision to return mission schools to the church marked the genesis of the educational transformation we presently experience in the state.
“I don’t typically offer accolades, but honesty compels me to speak the truth. Obi has strategically revitalized the educational landscape of Anambra State, and the nation as a whole can witness the positive outcomes of his educational reforms. He isn’t solely an advocate for education; he’s also a grassroots leader. Both I and the entire clergy of Awka Diocese will continue to extend our prayers for you in recognition of the numerous educational advancements you’ve ushered into the state. You are a catalyst for transformative change.”
While presenting his donation of N10 million to the institution, Obi expressed his delight at what he termed the commendable efforts of the Archbishop.
Obi also clarified that the inception of the institution was not solely a result of his initial seed support of N40 million but was equally the product of the Archbishop’s passion and dedication towards a brighter future, wherein he responsibly managed the funds entrusted to him.
Obi reiterated his steadfast commitment to investing in both the healthcare and educational sectors of the nation, recognizing their pivotal roles in the country’s overall development.