Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has donated N5 million to Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled, Old and Tramps (RECDOT) in Ozubulu, as part of the activities to mark his 60th birthday celebration.
According to a statement by his media assistant, Valentine Obienyem, Obi also provided facilities to equip the computer laboratory of RECDOT Comprehensive Secondary School, Ozubulu.
Obi, who personally visited the school and centre to make the donations, explained that it was more fulfilling for him to celebrate his birthday with the downtrodden and the poor people in the society. He said it would do neither him nor the society any good, if he lavished huge amount of money on exotic celebrations, when people were hungry on the streets.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do parties. How can I be drinking expensive champagnes in Abuja when millions of Nigerian youths are roaming the streets hungry and unemployed? I would rather invest whatever money I have into making our society better by building schools, upgrading hospitals and lifting people out of poverty. That to me, is more rewarding and fulfilling”, Obi explained.
Handing over the cheque of N5 million to RECDOT Centre and 10 laptop computers, 2 printers and a generator set to Recdot Comprehensive Secondary School, Obi encouraged their founder, Rosemary Odunukwe, to keep up her good works.
Addressing the students, Obi encouraged them to take their education seriously because it is a pathway to greatness. Obi reiterated that education remains the greatest contributor to national development and urged the students not to take it lightly.
Odunukwe said that Obi had always come to their aid and always contributed to their welfare and prayed to God to bless Obi always.
Obi, who had celebrated the mass for his birthday last Sunday at the Centre, was accompanied by Chinyere Okunna and Patrick Obi.