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.