June 17, 2014

I’ll still rebuild Achebe’s primary school buildings — Jonathan


ONITSHA—President Goodluck Jonathan has reaffirmed his preparedness to renovate the dilapidated school structures at Akpakogwe Central School, Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, which the literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe, attended during his early days.

Jonathan, who spoke through his Spiritual Director, Venerable Obioma Onwuzulumba, at St. Monica’s Anglican Church, Woliwo area of Onitsha at the end of the 2nd Session of the 29th Synod of the Diocese on the Niger, said he had asked the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, to furnish him with the design and estimated cost of the proposed renovation.

The President said he would never renege on the promises he made at the burial of Achebe at the primary school compound last year.

Announcing a donation of an undisclosed sum of money which he described as a token towards the launching of the Bishop’s presidential address at the Synod, Onwuzulmba, who represented President Jonathan,  also quoted him as saying: “we will certainly overcome these challenges facing my administration in particular and the country at large”.

According to him, “Jonathan has said it over and again that the Boko Haram insurgency, corruption, political tension and other social vices will eventually be overcome with collective efforts from the populace, such as useful information, since himself alone cannot easily fight the cankerworm and succeed.”

Earlier in his presidential address, Bishop Nwokolo commended Jonathan for convening the on-going national conference to address the interests of the various sections of the country, adding that those at the conference should ensure that a working document that would guarantee the operation of true federalism in Nigeria was produced at the end of the exercise.

Nwokolo also commended Jonathan for fulfilling his promise by ensuring the take-off of the construction of the Second Niger Bridge and implored him to work hard to see that the project was funded and completed as soon as possible.

On Boko Haram, the Bishop urged security agencies to stop killing the leaders blindly so as to create room for the possibility to discuss with the right leaders should there be any dialogue.