BreakingNews 17/9/13 - Obi to Spend N40B on MDGs, Pays 1.5 Billion Naira to Churches to Rehabilitate returned secondary Schools

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - The Anambra State governor Peter Obi is to spend a whopping sum of 40 billion naira to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The governor who stated this yesterday while handing over a cheque of one billion four hundred and sixty million naira to churches for the infrastructural development of primary schools in their care, said it was in fulfillment of his earlier promise to invite stakeholders of the state to meaningful events.


According to the governor, N5 billion each would be spent on each of the eight MDGs in order to ensure a secure future for the children of the state. Cheered on by hundreds of school teachers and schoolchildren at the Women’s Development Centre Awka Obi announced plans by the government to employ an additional 4000 teachers in both primary and secondary schools while 2000 people would be employed in the state civil service.


He also announced his government’s decision to give every secondary school a brand new bus in addition to those given to some schools before as well as providing 450 generating sets to every secondary school in the state including those earlier given because of their population. His largesse to schools also include the provision of N1.2 million to every secondary school for laboratory; provision of N.75 million to every secondary school for their library and another one for sports development.


Gov Obi also announced government’s decision to provide fire fighting trucks to all the fire stations in the state spread across the three senatorial zones, even as N1 billion had been made available for micro credit facilities. He assured the people that money for the maintenance of the mission schools had been secured and would run till the end of 2015, while the salaries of the new staff to be recruited would be provided for the next one year in order to assist the next government.


Obi however harped on the importance of being succeeded by a worthy person in order to continue with the strides already made by his government. Speaking earlier the commissioners for education and local government as well as the chief of staff all recalled the strides of the present government in the state which they said started with nothing but had succeeded in turning around the state’s fortunes and making it a haven for investors.


The national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chief Sir Victor Umeh extolled the governor’s prudent management of resources which had given the state a new face. He noted that Obi was doing things people had hitherto thought impossible because of his prudence and said it was the reason why he had fallen out with some people who wanted the state’s lean resources to be shared among them rather than the funds being deployed for public good like Obi was doing.


In his remarks the Anglican bishop of Aguata Bishop Christian Efobi said the state was reaping the fruits of Obi’s focused, dynamic and committed leadership anchored on the fear of God. He described Obi as the only Igbo man he had seen who had used public funds for public good and prayed for the emergence of a worthy successor.


In his own remarks the Catholic archbishop of Onitsha Arch Diocese, Arch Bishop Valerian Okeke described Obi as a visionary leader, pointing out that what the state needed at this time was someone who would be like Obi so that the state could build on the foundation already laid in order to make it a pace setter in the country.  


*Photo Caption - Gov. Peter Obi (2nd left), with Chief Victor Umeh (1st left)  Uju Okeke (1st right) and some primary School pupils  presenting cheques totaling 1.5 Billion Naira, part of the 40 Billion his Government plans to  spend towards achieving the MDG goals, to the Catholic Archbishop Valerian Okeke  (middle) and the Anglican Archbishop Christian  Efobi (2nd right) for the rehabilitation of primary schools returned to the Churches.

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