By Jude Atupulazi
The Vice Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi, has described the recent burning of the hostel of Patterson Grammar School, Awada, Onitsha, owned and managed by the Anglican Diocese on the Niger, as a national calamity. Obi said this during his visit to the school soon after the fire incident that gutted one of their hostels and claimed the life of one of the students.
Obi said he had watched with sadness where incidents that did not have much impact were designated as “national calamities”, and regretted that leaders did not view the burning of schools with the seriousness it deserved.
He said if it were to be in countries that knew the value of education, all manner of organizations would have visited the school and offered their support.
While donating the initial sum of 1 million Naira as support for the building of the school, Obi promised to come back to offer more assistance.
Earlier, Obi had 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 Mr. Peter Obi for his consistent love and support for education nationwide.
While urging other Nigerians to emulate his life of service, he beckoned on him to assist in bringing the issue of merit at the front burner of the national consciousness.