“Because we were mindful of the leading of God, and His abundant grace and the favour availed us, we resolutely and steadfastly continued the work towards the actualisation of the mission to set up Anchor University.”
With the above lines, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Dr. William Kumuyi, began the story of the ideas behind the vision and mission of the church’s latest interventional effort- Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos, noting that the dream soon coalesced into a vision.
The pastor, who stated this during the maiden matriculation ceremony of the institution, said the intervention was aimed at setting pace in the business of molding the future of the younger generation by combining sound academics with spiritual teachings and moral education.
Commending the members of the church at different levels, who he noted worked tirelessly to ensure the realization of the dream, Kumuyi said the matriculation ceremony marked the culmination of their efforts, sweat and toil, and prayed that God bless them abundantly for what he described as their labour of love and sacrifice.
“Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, let me reiterate at this point in time, that this university was established not only to focus on academic learning and excellence, but to harp on character development and to mitigate the tide of moral degradation and delinquency that pervades our national life,” Kumuyi said.
Kumuyi, who was installed as the Chancellor of the university during the matriculation ceremony, said the private investors in the education sector should be supported by the Federal Government in their complementary efforts. This is even as he said that for the much anticipated change to happen in Nigeria, the country’s universities must be empowered to offer sound and quality education.
According to Kumuyi, societies develop by the quality of their education, saying while government is making efforts to upgrade its public universities, the deregulation and licensing of private universities is a step in the right direction.
He said: “Our nation needs not just functional, but also productive and development-driven universities. Together with the government-owned universities, we ought to lead the way in showing the path for the nation to go, in endlessly throwing up ideas on how to solve old and new problems, whether in the area of science and technology, or in the arts, humanities and social sciences.”
The Chancellor said the university is a fulfilment of the church’s passion to advance the course of humanity. Earlier in his address, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Afolayan, said a total of 103 students were being matriculated into the various programmes in the institution’s three faculties of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences, and Natural and Applied Sciences. He said the university is prepared to make global history, adding that the dreams are not borne out of infatuation but with dogged determination and focus.
The VC said: “In Anchor University, we are committed to building a university of a global standard and relevance and this must reflect in every aspect of our life as an institution.
“Our students must be found proper in character and learning before degree is awarded to them.”
The congregation, which had included parents, representatives of the leadership of the church across the nation and the students, was led in prayer by the Chancellor, Pastor Kumuyi, who prayed that God used the institution to build Nigeria’s future leaders who would do well academically and spiritually. He also prayed for Nigeria, seeking spiritual healing for a nation he noted is troubled by the massive killings taking place across the country.