Why education must remain a priority – Peter Obi


Obi insists that education is the best legacy that nations bequeath to their children, pointing out that countries that are doing well are countries that don’t mess with education

By Emma Ogbuehi

A frontline 2023 presidential candidate on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Peter Obi, has called on leaders at all levels to pay utmost attention to education at all levels.

Obi made the statement during the Pastoral/Feast Visit to St. Patrick’s College, Awka.

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Speaking through his media adviser, Valentine Obienyem, who represented him, Obi insisted that education was the best legacy that nations bequeath to their children. “Countries that are doing well are countries that don’t mess with education, while those who mess with it end up raising anarchic children, which would only compound the growing problems, as we are experiencing in Nigeria today,” Obi said.


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In his homily during Mass, the owner of the school, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor, urged the students of the school to put God first in everything they do. The bishop, who said he would not cease to congratulate the priests and other trainers of students, encouraged them to continue to stick to the best Catholic tradition marked by piety, discipline and virtues.

Speaking at the event, the school principal, the Rev. Celestine Anaekwe, thanked the Bishop for his continued support. He also thanked parents for their efforts to bequeath to their children the best education for which Catholic schools were known.

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Pr. Anaekwe, in a special way, thanked Mr. Peter Obi, who, he said, was always there for them. In his words: “Mr Peter Obi laid the groundwork for us to start flying into national competitions. He gave us the set of computers and generator which helped us to participate in our first online competition in which our students represented Anambra State all the way to the national level in Lagos where they wonderfully well done.

The school said what they needed now was a language lab, which would cost them 5 million naira. Obi pledged his continued help, while appealing for support from men of goodwill for the school.

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