Seminary rector hails Obi for school’s revival as Anambra governor
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The rector of St Joseph’s Seminary Special Science School, Awka-Etiti, Rev Fr Anthony C. Okoye, has praised former Anambra state governor, Mr Peter Obi, for reviving and transforming the school after years of dilapidation.
Speaking during the Feast Day Celebration of the school, Fr Okoye narrated how, when he was appointed the school principal in 2012, he assumed duty and met a school very dilapidated, almost abandoned and overtaken by bushes and animals.
He recalled that he only met about 30 students in the school and that they only came around to help the teachers in their school farms, not really engaging in any serious academic work.
On the re-building of the school he said: “Mr Peter Obi came here to visit us, at least, three times. After his first visit, he took pictures of our then pitiable environment and promised to change our story. Firstly, we received N20 million from him. With the money, we built our first hostel and began to revive the school.”
“Obi did not stop there. We later got another N10 million and later he still gave us another N10 million, making it a total of N40 million received from his administration, in cash”.
“He went ahead to donate a school bus and 30KVA generator to us. Every other year, he gave us N1,250,000 for library development and N600,000 for sporting equipment,” Okoye narrated.
“For the first time in my life, I met a man who said that every school will receive support in the neighborhood of N50 million and it happened so. I know Obi will be proud of our journey so far and the kind of transformation we, as a school, have undergone.”
Mr Peter Obi, who was ably represented by the former commissioner for housing, Anambra state, Chief Patrick Nky Obi, reassured of his support for education which, he maintained, remained a critical contributor to national development.
Obi encouraged the students to remain receptive to the educational and moral formation they received from the school, for their own benefits.”
Earlier, in his homily during the Holy Mass, the proprietor of the school and Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, His Grace Valerian Okeke, urged the students to remain obedient to their teachers and formators. Archbishop Okeke encouraged them to always ask for the intercession of St Joseph, their Patron Saint, in times of need.