Pastor Ogbueli lights a candle at the UNN leaving Prof. Bennett C. Nwanguma to wonder how it will be when others join to emulate the man of God.
“One often wonders what massive difference it would make if the over 60 generations of UNN alumni were to light candles like Mr Ogbueli just did, rather than just cursing the darkness at UNN”
UNN alumnus and founding pastor of Dominion City International Church, Pastor David Ogbueli has pledged to fund the refurbishing of toilet facilities at the Alvan Ikoku Hostel. He will also build a ten-bed specialist ward at the Medical Centre to which he donated diagnostic equipment and hospital beds during a recent visit.
The visit of an alumnus or alumna to the alma mater can be likened to the visit of a grown man or woman to an aged parent in the village. Even when the parent does not make any specific request, children rarely leave their aged parents empty handed on such occasions. This is because they know their aged parents are often in need of one thing or the other. Thus, in addition to whatever goodies the visiting child may take along, it is customary for the child to find an excuse to also present some money to the parents. This could be for medication or for kola to entertain visitors.
This scenario of a caring child visiting an aged parent played out recently when Pastor David Ogbueli, the founding Pastor of Dominion City International Church returned to his alma mater – the University of Nigeria. Pastor Ogbueli, who graduated from the university in 1987 with an Honours Degree in Chemistry, was in Nsukka to officiate at a programme organized by the Nsukka Chapter of Dominion City International Church which he founded in 1996. To the delight of everyone, especially the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Igwe, and the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Edwin Omeje, Pastor Ogbueli brought with him a bag full of goodies and pledged to bring more to his beloved alma mater.
Prior to the visit, Mr Ogbueli, like other alumni, had obviously read about the disturbing state of infrastructure, especially the state of the toilets in the student hostels, at the university. He may also have watched video recordings depicting the states of these and other facilities on social media. He went further to inquire about the state of the University Medical Centre so as to ascertain how to help make a difference and change the narrative coming out of his alma mater.
In his words, he wanted to “intervene in areas that would have a direct impact on the lives and welfare of students and staff of the university”. From the feedback he received, he sent his engineers to go ahead of him to meet with the University authorities to confirm the state of the toilets in the hostels and to identify the pressing needs at the University Medical Centre.
On this home-coming trip to his alma mater, Pastor Ogbueli donated a variety of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and hospital beds for use at the Medical Centre, and further pledged to provide additional support to improve the efficiency of the Medical Centre. In addition, he undertook to fund the refurbishing of the toilet facilities at Alvan Ikoku Hostel of the University. This is not a mean undertaking, considering that Alvan Ikoku Hostel – which is one of the Franco Hostels – is a massive three – storey complex that accommodates up to 500 students.
It is noteworthy that Pastor Ogbueli’s intervention at UNN was largely unsolicited. His actions complied with the words of an ancient Chinese proverb, which is often misattributed to Eleanor Roosevelt: “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” Or, as I prefer to put it, “it is not always enough for us to curse the darkness, we should all endeavor to light a candle”. Thus, it occurred to Mr Ogbueli that having heard about or seen the darkness at his alma mater, he had a responsibility to light a candle.
By this gesture, Mr Ogbueli stood out as an exemplary and distinguished alumnus of the University of Nigeria. One often wonders what massive difference it would make if the over 60 generations of UNN alumni were to light candles like Mr Ogbueli just did, rather than just cursing the darkness at UNN. Remarkably, Pastor Ogbueli did not stop at these gifts. He pledged to reach out to other alumni to get them to commit to rebuilding their university.
As a matter of fact, the state of infrastructure at UNN and other federal institutions of her generation can be attributed to the perennial problem of underfunding over a period when these institutions recorded astronomical increases in the number of students. As a consequence, most of the facilities, for example, those in the hostels, are oversubscribed, resulting in frequent breakdowns, coupled with the expected age-induced deterioration. The refusal of students to pay the commercial or fair rates for bed spaces over the years continues to limit the ability of the management to effect necessary repairs in the hostels.
Pastor Ogbueli lights a candle at UNN
For the record, Pastor Ogbueli is not the only alumnus of the University of Nigeria to make a donation or to offer assistance to the University in recent times. In truth, a good number of alumni and alumnae have done so in the past and many more have shown a willingness to do so. For example, alumni of the Faculties of Law and Engineering, Medicine and the Departments of Economics came together recently and are currently funding various projects in their faculties and department, respectively. This write-up has, however, been provoked by Pastor Ogbueli’s unique approach, especially at a time when all sorts of audio and video clips and write-ups on the state of infrastructure at the university have been circulating for all the wrong reasons. It is my hope that Mr Ogbueli’s exemplary response would also encourage other alumni to go beyond just cursing the darkness to seek to light a candle at UNN. There’s no better time to do so than now. May this candle and other candles lit by Pastor Ogbueli and other like-minded alumni shine bright, Amen.
Professor Nwanguma is an alumnus of the University of Nigeria and the Chairman of Senate Ceremonials Committee of the University.
In this article, Jachimma Anikwe explores why your average bachelor’s degree may be irrelevant right now in today’s world.
Will a bachelor degree become irrelevant? The conventional wisdom has always been that a four-year degree will lead to a more successful career. However, that may be changing as more employers are focusing on skills over education.
Ralph Anyacho identifies paucity of teaching staff for primary and high schools as two one of Anambra’s biggest education worries.
A number of issues are giving parents worries over the management of schools in Anambra state. Citizens of the state living outside of it who breeze in and fly out would think that all is well. But all is not well.
The Christmas/ new year mass home return is usually a time for stock taking. At one of the town hall meetings by my community two separate important guests interrupted proceedings.One was the principal of the community secondary school in the town. She came with tears practically dropping from her eyes, lamenting the lack of teaching staff. She appealed for support of the community to fix practically every thing, ranging from collapsing roofs, to no power supply, rickety school bus, stressing low morale among students resulting from lack of teachers in key subject areas. As she left the place in high hope trusting that her cries have not fallen on deaf ears, another guest this time came from the community primary school. Unlike the principal whom the roof is collapsing over her head, the primary school has one of the best structures anywhere in the state. Their big trouble is lack of teachers. There are only two teachers on government payroll. The rest of the teachers are being paid by the PTA of the school at N10,000 per month. And have come to the meeting to request for financial support to help the PTA defray the eight month salary arrears owed the teachers.
These two critical issues question the modus operandi of running schools in the state and the quality of education available especially in the rural areas. What is the partnership arrangement between the State and the Churches? Is any party reneging on the agreement? The above mentioned situation can not be tenable in a state competing for space among a comity of technologically driven states.
This drop-out figure is considered scandalous because it represents 20 percent of total out-of-school children throughout the world.
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Check out the following 3 Federal University Admission Strategies that work for South east candidates seeking admission this year.
Right now, many candidates who wrote this year’s JAMB-UME exam are weighing their options to get into school.
In all cases, everyone knows that their best bet is to get into a federal university.
Well, not everyone. Many ignorant students whose parents are not rich still opt for State Universities as first choice of school.
They do not know tha federal universities are better.They provide the cheapest form of education, in addition to maintaining top class standard.
Admission Strategies to Keep in Mind
The three strategies are tailored to the students’ academic ability. They follow four priciples:
If you’re sure about scoring top marks in WASCE and UME, shoot for universities that do not have catchment areas.
If not, generally stay away from federal universities that do not have your state of origin as a catchment area.
In other words, only apply to federal universities with Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo as catchment areas.
However, you can try for admission in any federal university if your parents or relations are encouraged by a principal officer of the university to apply.
Here are the three major options to consider.
If a candidate scores 300+ in UME, is confident of nicking six A1s and Bs in relevant WAEC subjects, this candidate can choose to compete in xxx universities that have no catchment areas.
For candidates not sure of posting fantastic WASCE results but have secured the cut-off mark for this year in UME, the best option is to switch to a university that has her state as a catchment area.
If the candidate is desperate and does not want to compete for admission based on merit, he can go for discretionary admission based on a VIP recommendation.
3 Recommended Admission Strategies
Here are the options available:
A. Federal Universities Without Catchment Areas (for the most brilliant students to try)
The University of Ibadan (UI)
University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
The University of Abuja (UNIABUJA)
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU)
Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM)
The Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE)
B. Federal Universities with Catchments Areas for South east candidates to try)
Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK): Anambra, Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, and Imo candidates
Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO): Imo, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Rivers, and Enugu candidates.
University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN): Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers candidates.
C. Universities that accept discretionary lists from VIPs.
All federal universities accept recommendations by top federal officials. Thus, universities with catchment areas accept recommendations from top state government and university officials from the catchment states, and so forth.
CONCLUSION Do not just jump into choosing a state university if your sponsors cannot afford it. Consequently, always try these 3 federal university admission strategies first.