You’re the future of Nigeria, Peter Obi tells students
•Abia Teachers suspend three-week old strike
A former Governor of Anambra State; Mr. Peter Obi has enjoined students to always remain focused in their endeavor.He made the call yesterday during his visit to St. Peter’s Secondary School, Garaku, in Nasarawa State.
Obi who started the day with Mass of Ascension with the students, told them that they were the future of the country.He charged them to see themselves as being part of that future, by making personal efforts at growth and development.He said this commitment should be nurtured through education, which he described as the most portent tool for competition in the world.
Obi said the history of development was conterminous with education, adding that Nigeria had not fared well because it lacks proper investment in education. He said: “We live in a country where, rather than taking funds committed to education as investment, Nigerian leaders consider them as expenditure, thus removing the sector from being treated as a necessity.”
Responding, the Catholic Bishop of Lafia, represented by the Principal of the school, Fr. Marcellinus Sa’aondo, lauded Obi for the visit.He said: “We are indeed privileged to host a modest man of high pedigree, whose accomplishments have proven him to be the leading light of modern Nigeria democratic leadership.”
According to him, Obi had remained a role model to the youth, having “demonstrated leadership prowess by his superlative and noble conduct which have remained unassailable.”The former governor presented a cheque of N1million cheque to the school for its development.
Meanwhile, the Abia State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has suspended its three-week old strike.The state Information Commissioner, John Okiyi Kalu, disclosed this in a press statement.He said the suspension was sequel to the successful intervention and negotiations between the leaders of the union and officials of Abia State government.
The Acting Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, brokered the peace meeting.According to the commissioner, classes are expected to resume fully on Monday, May 14, 2018, in primary and secondary schools in the state. He expressed Governor Victor Ikpeazu’s appreciation of their gesture, and implored them to work extra hard to ensure that the children recover lost grounds caused by the industrial action.