From Ikechukwu Duru in Owerri
Former President Goodluck Jonathan recently paid a one day private visit to Imo state during which he called on politicians in the country to eschew politics of bitterness and rancour saying such cannot do the Nation any good
Receiving the former president, Imo state Governor Hope Uzodimma said, ” former President Goodluck Jonathan is a man of peace and posterity will be kind to him.”
The Governor led the former president to commission a private health facility – Aihwa Hope Centre – built by an indigene of the state, Rev. Kenny Udunka in Owerri.
Governor Uzodimma appreciated the gesture of calling on him by former president describ ing him as a peaceful man and a beacon of good governance.
He added that the former President’s visit to Imo State though not on a working visit shows his love for the people, the state and a partner in progress.
He further assured him of the readiness of the state to accord him warm reception anytime and appealed that from time to time the former President should visit the state and access the level of development going on by his administration.
In his reaction, Dr. Jonathan expressed happiness over the warm reception accorded him by the Governor and the people of the state
He charged the governor to remain unwavering in his determination towards the development of the state and encouraged politicians in the state to eschew politics of hate.
He also urged the governor’s appointees to help him in making the state a better place for all.
At the commissioning ceremony of Aihwa Integrated Clinic along Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri, both Governor Uzodimma and Dr Jonathan harped on the need for a health facility in the state in particular and the country in general that will put a stop to incessant medical tourism embarked upon by Nigerians.
They lauded Rev. Fr Udumka for the foresight in attracting the facility to Imo State and urged the citizens to patronize the centre. Governor Uzodimma specifically pledged government support by way of creating an enabling environment that will enable the centre function optimally. Earlier in his welcoming address, Rev. Fr Udumka thanked the governor as Chief Host and Dr Jonathan as Special Guest of Honour, as well as other special dignitaries, including some first class traditional rulers from different parts of the country who graced the occasion.
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