From Chris Gaga, Makurdi
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Monday, performed a ground breaking ceremony for the establishment of a school for children with special needs and the vulnerable in Benue State.
The special school project is an initiative of the Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, His Lordship, Wilfred Anagbe, as a pet project to mark his silver jubilee in the Lord’s vineyard.
Performing the ceremony at the site of the school in Igbor, Gwer LG A, Obasanjo praised the Bishop for catering for the people with special needs, who he noted need special attention but were always neglected, maintaining that, “they are disempowered, they need help.”
He described the initiative as significant and symbolic, commending Bishop Anagbe for the project.
The former President prayed that God will reward the Bishop and all faithful for their efforts in assisting the young people with special needs to lead normal lives.
Obasanjo also lauded the collaboration between the church and government in social development of the state saying “I heard the Governor say the church work hand in hand with the government. That is how it should be and it is very commendable.”
Obasanjo emphasized that Nigerian leaders must ensure that spirituality and morality were carried along with governance for the nation to be where it should be.
He, therefore, urged the Bishop to count on his support for the needed facility development for the children in the school with a promise that he will visit from time to time to see the level of development of the school.
Governor Samuel Ortorm of Benue State, witnessed the foundation laying ceremony where he described former President Obasanjo as the father of all farmers in Nigeria.
Ortom informed that the Catholic church had been very supportive of state government and has been working as partners in the development of the state.
He noted that because of the ground breaking event, the catholic church had already constructed a road into the community and pledged to continue to partner with the church for quality service delivery in the state.
Earlier, initiator and Bishop of Makurdi Catholic Diocese, Wilfred Anagbe appreciated God for the manifestation of the project .
He said, “these set of humans are created by God. They have life and body like us and need to be attended to. We are doing this because we don’t want to leave anybody out. So we need to give them sense of meaning and belonging.”
The Bishop said the society was too materialistic and those tended to forget those who were not useful immediately, but insisted that such people had life in them and that life must be upheld.
“For us in the church, from the cradle to the grave, life is valuable and meaningful and we will do our best to uphold it.”
The Bishop said the Benue people and church in particular were also involved in agricultural activities as only the Agro -Allied industry can ensure sustainable development just ad he thanked the former president for the honour of performing the groundbreaking event.