Former vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has donated N1 million to Patterson Grammar School, Awada, Onitsha, Anambra State for the rebuilding of a hostel which was gutted by fire.
On his visit to the
school, Mr Obi described the burning of the hostel as a national calamity.
The school is owned and
managed by the Anglican Diocese on the Niger.
The fire claimed the life of one of the students.
The former Anambra State
governor said he had watched with sadness where incidents that did not have
much impact were designated as “national calamities”, while the country’s
leaders do not view the burning of schools with the seriousness it deserves.
He observed that if it
were to be in countries that knew the value of education, all manner of
organisations would have visited the school and offered their support.
While donating N1 million
as support for the rebuilding of the school, Obi promised that he would come
back to offer more assistance.
Earlier, Obi visited
Ekwulumili to condole with the families of one of the students that lost his
life in the inferno.
In his remarks, the Bishop on the Niger, Most Rev. Owen Nwokolo, represented by the principal of the school, Rev. Dr Cajetan Anuforo, thanked Obi for his consistent love and support for education nationwide.