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Obi’s Cheques are Real - Cleric

By MAZI ODERA
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The Anglican Bishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Owen Nwokolo has commended Governor Peter Obi for his understanding that the Church serves the needs of the people by extending extensive support to them through grants for the rebuilding of hospitals the State returned to them, support to the health facilities owned by the Church and through many other ways. He said this while receiving the cheque of N100M from the government of Anambra State for ongoing work at the Iyienu Hospital.

The Bishop said that every day, their colleague Bishops from other States and others asked them if all the Cheques they see given to them were real and assured them that they were indeed real. “Let me take this opportunity to let the world know that this is not 419. All the cheques given to us are real. If you are in doubt, I invite you to tour our health and educational facilities and see things for yourselves. With the type of support the government of Anambra State has extended to us, very soon our people will stop going to India for medical treatment as our health institutions are undergoing tremendous facelift”, Nwokolo said.

On the fate of other Church-owned institutions in other States, the Cleric called on the government of other States to emulate Governor Obi in his support to the Church, reminding them that the Church engages in health, education and other apostolate to serve the people of the State, arguing that supporting them tantamount to assisting the Church to help the society.

In his recent visit to the Anambra State, the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Suleman Dikko, after touring some educational institutions in the State expressed surprise at the phenomenal development and commended the initiative of the Governor of sending money directly to the end users. He said that UBEC was satisfied at the result and would propagate its adoption by other State.

In his own reaction, Gov. Peter Obi has taken every opportunity to commend the Church for partnering with the State. Obi said the State Government would continue to execute projects through them, since, according to him, the project the Church executed with about N50M, would take thrice the amount if done through normal Government contractual processes.