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Nwafor Orizu COED donates to Anambra COVID-19 fund

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MANAGEMENT of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe (NOCEN), has made donation of assorted items to  Anambra State Government in support of its sustained efforts to prevent the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

    A top management team from the college, led by the Provost, Dr. Ifeyinwa Osegbo, presented the donation to the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, at the Government House, Awka, recently.

    Presenting the package which included 20 cartons of hand sanitisers, 10 cartons of hand-washing soap and 10 cartons of liquid soap, Dr. Osegbo said the gesture was in response to Governor Willie Obiano’s call for collective action to combat the rampaging global COVID-19 pandemic, even as she commended the state government’s proactive measures to nip the scourge in state.

    Dr. Osegbo further lauded the spirit of being their good brothers’ keepers demonstrated by Ndi Anambra through generous philanthropic donations to the state government and communities by some affluent people in the state, which helped immensely in ameliorating the sufferings arising from the lock down and stay-at-home order.

    She was accompanied by Mr. Peter Iloakasia, the NOCEN Bursar, Nnamdi  Onyili (Head of Works), Mr. Clifford Nwogwugwu (Librarian) and Mr. Bonny Egbunonu, the public relations officer, during the trip.

   Receiving the donation on behalf of Governor Obiano, the SSG, Prof. Chukwulobelu, thanked Dr. Osegbo and management team of NOCEN for the kind gesture and reassured that the donation would be judiciously utilised for the purpose it was meant, while commending the Provost for helping the state government to fight the COVID-19 scourge.

    Prof. Chukwulobelu further observed that the gesture was unexpected of the institution with the meager resources at its disposal as it depended largely on subventions from the state government to thrive, describing it as mark of “greater efficiency and effective management.”

    He expressed delight that many other tertiary institutions had also donated in support of the state government’s campaign against the pandemic.

He also stated that NOCEN had grown from strength to strength over the years since the inception of the Obiano’s administration, who introduced industrialand educational revolution in the state, adding that as chairman of the task force against COVID-19, the governor had been stoutly determined to fight the scourge decisively.

Prof. Chukwulobelu recalled that Governor Obiano increased the emoluments of workers when he (SSG) was Commissioner for Economic Development, and had continuously initiated policies for better welfare of the citizenry.

    Speaking to the press later, Dr. Osegbo lamented that the COVID-19 lockdown had adversely disrupted the academic calendar of the institution, stressing that strategic adjustments would be made to cover the lost period when the school re-opens which would make it inexpedient to grant the students another holidays within the current academic session.

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