By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA—CIVIL Liberties Organisation, CLO, Anambra State Chapter, has made a passionate appeal to church leaders in the state to reduce the cost of hospital bills and school fees in their various missionary schools and hospitals across the state.
CLO lamented that high cost of medical bills in the missionary hospitals and schools had prevented the less privileged in the society from having access to medical care and compulsory education.
In a press statement issued Tuesday in Onitsha, Anambra State, chairman of CLO, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme appealed to Archbishop Valerian Okeke of Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese to prevail on the management of Catholic institutions, schools and hostels to reduce the cost of services being rendered to the public.
According to Ezekwueme, “Many parents find it difficult, if not impossible, to afford exorbitant fees stipulated by the authority of the schools and hospitals under the Catholic Church.”
He however commended Archbishop Okeke for his regular visits to Onitsha prisons on apostolate work, establishment of youth village at Amansea and proposal to establish a Catholic University which according to him, would help to produce students with moral rectitude and core values that have been the bane of social, economic and political development of the nation.
Ezekwueme insisted that “unless and until we produce students who are sound in both morals, heart, head and hand, the future, just like the present, will remain very bleak.
“I remain eternally grateful to His Grace, Archbishop Okeke for his numerous selfless and relentless efforts with great effects, his constant celebration of his birthdays, Easter Sundays and Christmas days with prisoners. This is in tandem with the sacrificial life of Jesus Christ and St. Mother Theresa of Calcuta,” the CLO boss stated.