The Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, on Thursday commended Rev. Daddy Hezekiah, General Overseer of Living Christ Mission, for his interest in education.
Ozumba said this in Nsukka at a ceremony organised by the department to inaugurate the department building renovated and remodeled by Hezekiah.
The VC said in spite of the fact that the general overseer had his own private university, he still had interest to invest in a public university.
“The interest and love of Hezekiah in education is commendable and worthy of emulation.
“UNN will ever remain grateful to him for this special show of care for staff and students of the department of political science and the university in general.
“Hezekiah is the proprietor of Hezekiah University Umudi, a private university in Imo, because of his love for education he has continued to invest in public universities,” he said.
Ozumba commended Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, the Head of Department of Political Science, for attracting the kind gesture from Hezekiah for staff and students of the department.
“Pubic universities in the country have lean resources, they need help and support from the general public to move the education sector forward.
“I commend in a special way, two daughters of Hezekiah, who are students in the department of political science for appealing to their father to renovate the building, I urge other students from wealthy families in UNN to emulate them,” he said.
In a remark, Abada said the occasion marked a watershed in the history of the department since 1960 that the department of political science was established.
“We are celebrating the first ever comprehensive renovation and remodeling the building of our department, since it was established in 1960, courtesy of Hezekiah.
“The old roofing was replaced with new one, six additional offices have been added to enable some lecturers without office to have office accommodation.
“What started as re-roofing of classrooms in the department led to total renovation of the whole building and addition of six offices as well as repainting of entire building,” he said.
He said the department had neither silver nor gold to pay the overseer but would continue to pray God to grant him more divine blessings, favours and wisdom as he worked in God’s vineyard.
Abada who is also the chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in UNN, thanked staff and students of the department, who contributed in one way or the other to ensuring that the occasion was successful.
Responding, Hezekiah said his desire to carry out the project was motivated by his belief that “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.
He said he decided to do the renovation after his two daughters, who are students of the department drew his attention to the deplorable condition of the department’s building.
“Sometime last year, two of my children Chukwunazaekpere and Onyinyeomachukwu, who are currently students of the department, drew my attention to the deplorable condition of the building.
“They appealed to me to do something about it before the state of the building gets worse.
“The Head of Department and some of his staff equally approached me on the urgent need to renovate the building,” he said.
The cleric said it was also his love for education that made him take up the challenge to renovate the entire building of political science department.
The general overseer who is also the chancellor of Hezekiah University, Umudi in Imo, was represented by his two daughters.
He urged Nigerians to invest in education, since that is the bedrock of rapid development in any country.
NAN reports that no fewer than five top management members of Hezekiah University led by Prof. Enoch Ajunwa, the Vice-Chancellor of the university graced the occasion.