Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi has donated N2 million to Our Lady of Lourdes Specialist Hospital, and Our Lady of Lourdes College of Nursing Sciences, both in Ihiala, Anambra State.
Mr Obi urged the nursing students to continue to pursue their education with more seriousness and devotion, stating that their profession remains a very noble one and very beneficial to society.
He encouraged the management to commit the money to the improvement of health services in the hospital and upgrade their educational facilities at the college.
The former Anambra State governor encouraged the students to see their professional training beyond earning a living, but as an avenue of advancing the cause of humanity.
Handing over the cheque of N2 million to the CEO of the hospital and college Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Onuorah, Obi said that he was particular about investing his resources in the training of nurses and midwives.
“Recent statistics have shown that the world will run shortage of nurses and midwives by 2030 and it will take about 10 million nurses to fill in the gaps. We must, therefore, begin now to invest more resources into the training of nurses and midwives so as to ensure that we not only have enough nurses in our health sector but we can export well trained health workers to the world,” Obi said.
Appreciating the ex-governor on behalf of the hospital and the nursing college, Fr. Onuorah said, “Obi is God-sent to humanity, especially Nigeria.”
He concluded that a man like Obi has the capacity and the zeal to transform Nigeria into a great nation if given the opportunity.