Education in the higher institutions of Africa is a major investment in the labour force, productivity and hence, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of nations. Governments, corporate bodies and individuals are stakeholders in this sector and every non-governmental venture made in this regard is applauded and highly – appreciated by the citizenry. One of such notable contributions is the donation of the sum of N1 billion naira to the prestigious Benson Idahosa University (BIU) by Rev. Dr Chris Oyakhilome, DSc. DD, President of Believers’ Loveworld Inc., a.k.a Christ Embassy, for the building of a state –of-the- art Faculty of Engineering, on October 23rd, 2015. The milestone project which has since taken off, marks a watershed for the institution and the nation at large, in view of the prospective innovations and advancements that will be birthed upon its completion; a window of hope for the future generation.
The donor, Chris Oyakhilome, DSc., D.D heads a dynamic, multidimensional and global ministry, Christ Embassy , spanning all the continents. He is a pastor, teacher, healing minister, television host and best- selling author of more than 30 books which are read globally and transforming lives, including the latest release, The Power of Your Mind. Pastor Chris ( as he is popularly called), is the ace writer of the world’s number one devotional, Rhapsody of Realities, which is distributed worldwide in over 700 languages, with more than half a million copies circulated to date. He holds massive teaching and healing crusades where millions are gathered, with a passion to reach the peoples of the world with God’s divine presence, and has helped many fulfil their purpose in life. He is the pioneer of an ever-increasing online prayer network and the host of “Atmosphere for Miracles”, a program airing on major television networks in all continents of the world. Pastor Chris, pioneered the 1st Christian Network from Africa to the world, which has given birth to 3 satellite stations; Loveworld Plus in Nigeria, Loveworld SAT in South Africa and Loveworld TV UK.
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Benson Idahosa University is a private- owned institution that provides undergraduate and professional education and is located in the South –Western part of Nigeria. Progenitors report that it is born of a divine mandate and is committed to raising leaders for the nation who will contribute positively to the productivity and leadership of the polity.
The announcement of the donation was made at a Special Convocation organized by the Benson Idahosa University for the investiture of honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa, on Rev. Dr Chris Oyakhilome. The construction of the Faculty of Engineering is an answer to the need for development of learning and acquisition of skill in innovations, inventions, design, building, maintenance, research and improvement in structures, machines, tools, systems, components, materials and processes. This will also encourage a wide range of specialization in the various fields of engineering.
The on-going project has recorded tremendous progress and expectations are high- ceiling for the resultant products and services that will emerge.
In his philosophy depicted in a clarion call to other well- meaning individuals and corporate bodies, Pastor Chris affirms that “Schools are not a business, but a vision to promote the best potentials in human beings”.
Rev Dr Chris Oyakhilome remains committed to nation building through grants to institutions of learning, endowments and sponsorships to deserving young people in their academic, leadership and professional pursuits.