Archives for the Month: August 2017

World-renowned evangelist, Christian statesman and President of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, Dr. Morris Cerullo has laid the foundation stone for the construction of the University’s Open Distance Learning Centre in Okha, Benin.

Dr. Morris who performed the ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, described the Open Distance Learning Centre as the manifestation of God’s thought, adding that the new project would serve as an inspiration for all.

Describing the ceremony as historic for the Institution ,he lauded the University Management  saying now it is a time to sow and in no distant time the institution will reap and have abundant harvest.

While speaking, the President of Benson Idahosa University, Bishop F.E.B. Idahosa said the aim is to launch Nigeria fully into the online world. Before the building will finish we would be starting the work because we actually have a licence.

“As we launch Nigeria into the online world, anybody who is at home, and can’t go to school because he/ she have to work can actually sit at their computers and take classes up to Masters and PhD level.” He said.

He added that the vision is to enable students get degrees online.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Engr. Goddie Isibor urged well-meaning Nigerians to key into the vision by partnering with the institution.

On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, explained that the centre is aimed at creating better accessibility to qualitative and affordable education.

This, he said, would translate to empowerment.

“In the end, you will have a more educated society and that will translate to employment because there is a positive correlation between education and empowerment,” Izevbigie added.

He added that the centre is aimed at improving equal access to education for both the young and old in the state.

Present at the ceremony were members of the University’s Governing Council,  respected clergies from Church of God Mission International and the All Nations for Christ Bible Institute International (ANFBII), and the  founder of Victory Christian Fellowship in New Castle, Delaware, Dr. Gary Whetsone.

The Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie has insisted that taking Vitamin C with Fanta and sprite soft drink could cause cancer and other health illness.

He expressed concern over the non-compliance with the order of a Lagos High Court mandating the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and control (NAFDAC) to compel NBC to include a written warning that it would be dangerous to take the contents of the soft drinks with Vitamin C.

He said the 90 days given by the court has since expired and that the NBC should have withdrawn the products until all the issues were resolved.

Speaking at a press briefing at the university senate chamber, he said that it was worrisome that nothing had changed since the order from the court mandating NAFDAC to compel the Nigeria bottling company (NBC) to do the needful, adding that it was wrong for organizations to place profit ahead of human safety.

Prof. Izevbigie, said that the institution stood by its research findings on the danger of taking Vitamin C with benzoic acid as in Fanta and Sprite, saying it was done in line with the mandate given to the University to impact knowledge, research and service to the country.

“It is the university that should serve as an umpire. It is about us to give our expert opinion.”

He explained that the review of the Scientific literature which examined the effect of temperature (20 o C, 60 o C and 100 o C) on the conversion of Benzoic acid to benzene shows, “an increase in benzene formation of as the temperature increased from 20 degree Celsius to 60 degree Celsius by approximately three fold (300%) in the absence of Vitamin C, and tenfold (1000%) in the presence of Vitamin C in 24 hours. It cannot be concluded the formation of benzene does not occur at 30 o C and 40 o C”.

He said the colourant used in Fanta, the yellow sunset, had been implicated in cytotoxicity, carcinogenesis, allergies and hyper activity in children when the right amount is not used.

On benzoic acid, he said the Federal Ministry of Health has explanation to give on the reason why standard given for it in soft drinks was put at 250mg/kg as opposed to 150mg/kg that was obtainable in the United Kingdom and Ghana.

He further said that azo dyes do not occur in nature, they metabolise due to the presence of azo reductase enzymes in the body, which reduce the azo group to produce two compounds with amino groups.

Prof Izevbigie, who noted that though the Nigerian standard was high owing to high temperature and that it still falls within the international standard, said pasteurization and the use of carbon dioxide can achieve the same goal as the use of high benzoic acid without the added health risks.

He urged NAFDAC to live up to its responsibility in scientific research and regulation, adding that the issue of human safety must override business profit.

He recommended a “reduction of the sodium benzoate concentration to below 150mg/kg, a removal of Vitamin C as an ingredient in Fanta due to concern for benzene toxicity and the use of natural dye as a replacement for the colourant in Fanta.”


Training programme:

Education and entrepreneurship are key factors to sustainable development. Benson Idahosa University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in conjunction with Building Bridges offer exclusive training programmes focusing on the Israeli experience as a point of departure and partnering with institutions on the road to excellence

The programme will be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and lectures will be given by the University’s top professors. The Hebrew University is Israel’s premier university where nine (current and past) faculty members won the Nobel Prize or the Fields medal.

Programmes include lectures, workshops, networking meetings and excursions to religious and historical sites


Discover how Israel became the “Startup Nation “by understanding the social, cultural, political, and economic factors that created it.

Get deep and rare exposure to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Israel, analyzing each variation: from early-stage startups, through incubators and VC funds, to multinational companies.

Learn various strategies to drive innovation and creativity from the perspective of both the entrepreneur and the investor.

Designed for:

Entrepreneurs | Private Sector Professionals | Academics | Government officials



  • The Startup Nation’s Eco-System
  • Introduction to Israel Geo-Politics
  • Organization Excellence and Leadership
  • Innovation and Judaism
  • From Idea to a Product
  • Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Innovation
  • Sharing Economy in a Changing World
  • Entrepreneurial Finance



  • Nurturing Innovation and Creativity in Your Organization
  • Innovation Strategies and Innovation Systematic Methods

Study Tours:

  • Siftech – Jerusalem First Startups Accelerator
  • Hebrew University world-leading 3D Printing Center
  • Israel’s Ministry of Economy
  • Israeli Parliament (Knesset)
  • Atobe – Azrieli College of Engineering Startup Accelerator
  • Kibbutz Netafim – Leading company in Drip Irrigation Systems
  • WeWork Tel Aviv – Israeli Co-Working startup
  • Hebrew University world-leading Nano Technology Labs
  • Israeli Leading Startups


  • Jerusalem
  • Nazareth &Sea of Galilee
  • Dead Sea

The above curriculum/study tour outline is intended as a guide only. The sequence of offerings is subject to change at the discretion of the administration


  • A Certificate from the Benson Idahosa University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be granted to eligible participants. 85% attendance to sessions and study tours is required.

Seminar Fee: USD 3,950 per person.


The above fee includes:

Tuition Fee, study material, health insurance (citizens up to 64 years old), accommodation, (based on double occupancy) transport, full board, excursions

Additional fee for accommodation based on single occupancy: USD 570

The above fee does not include:

Visa * processed through Israeli Embassies upon admission to the programme and payment of participation fee, with support and guidance from Building Bridges

Air ticket to Israel
Personal expenses

Payment terms & Details

Payment of programme fees in full is processed through international bank transfer, prior to course commencement.
All fees can be transferable to another intake or to a qualified candidate upon approval of the Admissions Committee


Details of Visa Application

  1. Basic requirements for the Israel visa application include a travel passport (valid for 9 months)
  2. Two coloured passports sized photographs (5cm squared white background)
  3. Corporate and personal account statements for 3 months, Evidence of employment or business activity e.g. Employment letter, Registration of Business etc
  4. Make a reservation for Hotel & Airline flight and bring along the documents
  5. Non- refundable Visa application fee of 50USD
  6. Fill the Visa application form by visiting on Consular Services and fill the General Visa form and the Annex A form relevant to the purpose of the visit.
  7. Fill the Visa Application form provided in the registration column by Hebrew University.

N.B: For more information call the Israel embassy in Abuja – 094605515,094605508


Details of Air Tickets from Lagos and Abuja to Israel (Economic Class) 12/10/2017                 24/10/2017

Flights tickets for Single (Round Trip) Lagos                        Tel Aviv                  Lagos

Turkish Airline – N382, 100

Ethiopian Airline – N328, 100


Flights tickets for Single (Round Trip) Abuja                          Tel Aviv                  Abuja

Turkish Airline – N349, 100

Ethiopian Airline – N394, 100


Hotel Reservations

Hotel Reservation will be made available upon payment of the Seminar fee.