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Anambra: Jubilation as ex-President Bush’s Adviser donates secondary school to Church

By Toby Chuks


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There was jubilation in Anambra State among people of Ogidi community and of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha yesterday as former Special Adviser to ex-President George Bush of United States of America on Science and Technology, High Chief Engr Emeka Ken Nwabueze, MFR, (Ajie Okpala Ogidi) donated a secondary school which he singlehandedly built and equipped with modern facilities at Ogidi to Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha.

The name of the school is Assumption High School, Ogidi.

Nwabueze announced the donation and handed over the key of the school to the Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, His Grace Most Rev Val Maduka Onitsha at Our Lady’s Catholic Parish Church Ogidi during the Pastoral visit of the Archbishop.

The donor with his wife, Ugonne, at the middle with his elder brother

He said he built and equipped the school for the Archdiocese to the glory of God and as part of his contributions to the development of Ogidi, Igboland and Nigeria noting that God has blessed him and he has to extend God’s blessings to the society at large.

The ex-President Bush Adviser observed that the situation of things in Nigeria demands that children and youth should be enrolled into quality school where they can obtain quality education good enough to prepare them to face and overcome challenges of life.

The donor and HRM Igwe Ezehuamagha moving to the altar majestically

Also, to contribute meaningfully to the development of their communities and society at large and that informed his decision to build Assumption High School Ogidi and hand it over to Archdiocese of Onitsha.

The renowned Scientist commended the Archdiocese under Most Rev Okeke for what the described aa good effort in ensuring that the quality and standard of education in Anambra State remains unbeatable in Nigeria.

Archbishop Okeke [2nd right] with priests
He noted that he is optimistic that Assumption High School Ogidi will thrive to produce champions in various field of human endeavors and leaders of tomorrow under the care of the Archdiocese.

He assured the Archbishop that he will continue to give support to Our Lady’s parish and the Archdiocese to the best of his abilities.

Corroborating, the younger brother to Ajie Okpara Ogidi, Mr. Chudi Nwabueze (Ebeonadi Ogidi) added that the reason behind the decision of his elder brother to build School in their Community is to enable the Children and youths attend good School to equip themselves with knowledge of good life.

The donor and his wife, Ugonne, with the archbishop

This, he said will ensure that thuggery, cultism and petty social vices among youths would minimize or even eradicated, urging other affluent in the society to invest locally and give life support to the less privileged and stop blaming politicians.

Dedicating the School Archbishop Okeke disclosed that the fifth Sunday of lent is a great day in the Catholic Church, explaining that it is Sunday of a new beginning.

While commending Nwabueze for his magnanimity in supporting the Church, the community and the society in all important area of education, the Archbishop reflected on the first reading, taken from the book of prophet Isaiah 43:16-21.

The donor and his wife, Ugonne, with the archbishop, Igwe Ezevhuamagha and priests

There it is written that God would do a new thing for the people of Israelites when they were in captivity, noting that God has used Nwabueze to do a new thing at this point in time.

Appreciating the guests, the traditional ruler of Ogidi Kingdom, HRM Igwe Pharm Sir. Alex Onyido (Ezevhuamagha) lauded Archbishop Okeke for visiting the parish to dedicate Assumption High School and to Confirm young parishioners.

Igwe Onyido, who is a wealthy Church donor, described the visiting Archbishop as a hard-working shepherd assuring that he will always support the Church. The monarch also commended Nwabueze family for always making Ogidi proud wherever they are.

Mother of the day sitting gently in the church

As he put smiles on the faces of the parishioners by pledging to contribute to the completion of an ongoing project in the Church.

In his words, the parish priest Rev Fr Alloy Agba said with happiness that the two years and some months of his missionary journey to the parish has been much fruitful owing to the massive support being given to the parish by the Igwe, Nwabueze and other prominent people of Ogidi together with the parishioners at large.

Fr Agba assured that the Church will not rest in its commitment to ensure that God’s blessings will never cease on the people of Ogidi hoping that the Pastoral visit of the archbishop will manifest overflow of blessings upon the people.

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