President Goodluck Jonathan (Middle), his wife, Dr. Patience Goodluck (3rd right), Fmromer Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi (2nd left) and his wife, Margaret Peter-Obi (1st left), Gog Gabriel Suswan of Benue State (3rd left), the Prof. Viola Onwuliri (1st left) , Godswill Akpabio (2nd right , and wife, Obioma (1st right) during the visit to Pope Francis 1 (4th right) at the Vatican City yesterday
President Goodluck Jonathan (Middle), his wife, Dr. Patience Goodluck (3rd right), Fmromer Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi (2nd left) and his wife, Margaret Peter-Obi (1st left), Gog Gabriel Suswan of Benue State (3rd left), the Prof. Viola Onwuliri (1st left) , Godswill Akpabio (2nd right , and wife, Obioma (1st right) during the visit to Pope Francis 1 (4th right) at the Vatican City yesterday
President Goodluck Jonathan (Middle), his wife, Dr. Patience Goodluck (3rd right), Fmromer Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi (2nd left) and his wife, Margaret Peter-Obi (1st left), Gog Gabriel Suswan of Benue State (3rd left), the Prof. Viola Onwuliri (1st left) , Godswill Akpabio (2nd right , and wife, Obioma (1st right) during the visit to Pope Francis 1 (4th right) at the Vatican City yesterday
President Goodluck Jonathan (Middle), his wife, Dr. Patience Goodluck (3rd right), Fmromer Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi (2nd left) and his wife, Margaret Peter-Obi (1st left), Gog Gabriel Suswan of Benue State (3rd left), the Prof. Viola Onwuliri (1st left) , Godswill Akpabio (2nd right , and wife, Obioma (1st right) during the visit to Pope Francis 1 (4th right) at the Vatican City yesterday

The former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Peter Obi has called for closer collaboration betwee the Church and other institutions working for the common good of the people and the State. He made this call yesterday when he accompanied President Jonathan to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican City yesterday.

Speaking on the visit, the Governor who said it was more of a spiritual journey for him to thank God for?his mercies and direction for the eight years the affairs of the people of Anambra State were placed on his shoulders, advised those that govern states to collaborate with organizations interested in the good of the society to work for the people.

Giving areas his Government worked with the Church, the Governor said it started with his returning the missionary schools forcefully taken from them. ?Today Anambra school system is experiencing its best because schools have been returned to the Church. We did not abdicate our responsibility after the return, for we have given almost 3 Billion Naira to the Catholic Church and more than 2 Billion Naira to the Anglican Church to rehabilitate the schools returned to them. Today, the difference is clear as Anambra is coming first in external examinations throughout the country.?

Gov. Obi also said his Government collaborated with the Church in the area of healthcare delivery. He said that his Government committed Billions of Naira in the improvement in infrastructure in selected mission hospitals such as Our Lady of Lourdes, Ihiala; St Charles Borromeo, Onitsha; Iyienu Hospital, Ogidi; , St Joseph, Adazi Nnukwu; Holy Rosary Hospital, Onitsha, Diocesan Hospital, Amichi, among others. He said that he was comfortable in the collaboration with the Church since, according to him, they, more than Government, work for the good of the society.

On his relationship with the new Governor, Obi said ?all I can tell you is that even here in Rome, I remembered him in my prayers for God to grant him the discernment to lead his people to greater height than he led them.

Source:?Mazi Odera

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