The Anglican Bishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Owen Nwokolo has commended Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi for his understanding that the Church serves the needs of the people by extending massive support to them through grants for rebuilding mission hospitals and schools returned by the government.
He said this while receiving the cheque of N100 million from the government for ongoing work at the Iyienu Hospital.
The Bishop said that every day, their brother-bishops from other states had asked them if all the cheques they received from the government were real. He said he assured the bishops who made such inquiries that the cheques 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 under Governor Peter Obi, very soon our people will stop going to India for medical treatment as our health institutions are undergoing tremendous facelift”, Bishop Nwokolo said.
On the fate of other church-owned institutions in other states, he called on governors of those states to emulate Governor Obi in his support to the church, reminding them that the church engages in health, education and other apostolic works to serve the people of the state, arguing that supporting them was tantamount to assisting the church to help the society.
In his recent visit to 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 to send funds directly to the end users. He said that UBEC was satisfied at the result and would propagate its adoption by other states.