The Federal Government has approved 100 hectares of land for the permanent site of the proposed Anglican University, Abuja.
The Bishop of Kubwa Diocese, Duke Akamisoko, stated this in an interview with Newsmen during the 2nd Session of the Second Synod held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Nyanya in Abuja.
Akamisoko also assured that any Anglican Church member who meet the five credit including English Language and Mathematics requirement would be offered admission into the University without writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) or Post UTME.
According to him, “already, five Anglican professors have indicated interest to teach in the University”, which has been scheduled to take-off soon.
He said, “The NUC said before now that they were giving approval to universities for less than 100 hectares. Till now, they (the universities) refused to go to their permanent site. But we have been gracefully given 100 hectares by the President. We are going to pay the President a thank you visit with a team.
A committee is to raise N5billion for university”.
Akamisoko disclosed that, children of the church members would get the leverage of paying only half of the fees in the University, adding that their wards would get discount,because their parents would have already toiled and paid to establish the university.
He expressed worry over the growing number of Anglican Church members who could notsecured admission into existing universities despite their qualifications.
“Every Anglican in this country once you have five credits in WASC, you will gain admission .
There is a special fee for Anglicans. Your children must benefit from it . Anglicans to pay half school fees. No Anglican will not gain admission except they are not qualified,” he said.
Consequently, The Bishop set up committee to shop for N5billion for the establishment of the University.
However, Akamisoko urged President Jonathan to prosecute individuals and groups making inflammatory and unguarded statements capable of dividing the country.
He pleaded with the Federal Government to suspend every other project and concentrate on providing adequate electricity to the citizenry.
“Every other thing will follow after light. All the industries will wake up if there is light. People can work for 24 hours when there is light,” he said.
The Cleric went ahead to chargeMinister of Power, Prof ChineduNebo to chase away the demons that have allegedly militated against the provision of adequate power from the sector.
He said ” Nebo should chase away those demons and give uslight. We need nothing less than 1million kilowatts”.
The church also conferred on President Goodluck Jonathan with the National Education Merit Award.
Others honored include the 1993 former Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Shonenkan; Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, the ex-Anglican Primate, Peter Akinola; Executive Secretary, National University Commission, Prof. Julius Okogie amongst others.
The cleric justified their awards saying, “we are recognizing some Anglicans in politics . Thehave all given me their consent.What I have realized is that when our leaders are no longer there is when we recognize them”.
Students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan Monady, brought academic activities to a halt as they blocked all gates to protest erratic power supply in the institution.
Some of the students who preferred anonymity said: “Power supply has been so terrible in the school recently. We stated our plight to the authority. We have been experiencing perpetual darkness at nights in the schoolsince they carried out a repair work on the generator.
Reacting, the Public Relations Officer of the school Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, said: “We started having problem with students when the power generating set went bad. The generator required overhauling and it is taking time to put it in order.
“We once gave them phone numbers of principal officers so that they could complain and cross-check facts from the school authorities as occasion demanded.
“We understand that the students were not happy about the situation but the matter should have been tabled rather than engaging a protest.”
The angry students were later pacified with a promise that power would be available between 6am and 7am and 8pm to 11pm daily.
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