…As Anchor University, holds maiden matriculation, confers chancellorship on Kumuyi
By Bianca Iboma
Anchor University, Ipaja, Ayobo, Lagos, a faith-based varsity owned by Deeper Christian Life Ministry, recently matriculated its 103 students offered provisional admission into its various departments.
Colourfully and elegantly dressed, they all looked astonishing in their purple-colour academic gowns adorned with the university crest. The university environment also looked beautiful and inviting with various decorations done in purple, lilac and white colours right from its entrance.
The university auditorium (multi-purpose hall) was another sight to behold as chairs were neatly arranged for parents, friends and relatives who have come to celebrate the joyous occasion with their children and wards. The Fresh men (and women) looked excited as they walked majestically into the auditorium to be inducted as pioneer students of the institute. Many were seen taking photographs to commemorate the occasion.
During the ceremony which signified the official acceptance of the students into the school, the university also used the opportunity to officially confer on Pastor W.F. Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, the title of Chancellor, by the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Pastor Philip Olasupo Oluwi.
Dr. Kumuyi who congratulated the new students on their admission into the institution said the privilege given to them comes with great responsibility that required them to take their studies serious. He urged the 103 matriculating students to be of good character as the university was established on the instruction of God, guided by Biblical core values that would distinguish it from others in the country.
“The vision is raising academics, professionals and entrepreneurs who will be effective disciples for Christ by excelling in their various fields, while our mission is raising leaders who are complete in spirit, mind and body,” he said.
He assured the parents that their children would get the best as the university has put in place state-of-the-art facilities that would aid learning. He also charged the Federal Government to upgrade facilities in public universities, adding that, “there seems to be a decline in the quality of graduates produced in public institutions.”
Speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Afolayan, urged the academic staff to be more research-driven, adding that this will attract grants to the university. He revealed that, by way of innovation, the university has made provision for the students to have access to live lectures from schools abroad while they sit in their classrooms. He noted that this is being done in order to acquit them of the latest technology around the world and to prepare them to compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
He charged the freshmen of the institution to live up to the ideals of the university which are summed up in the university motto: character, competence and courage, warning that any student found to be involved in lawlessness and social vices like smoking, cultism, among others, shall be expelled.
The high point of the event was the symbolic signing by representatives of each faculty and the administering of oath by the Registrar, Mr. Abimbola Olulesi, who told the students that the oath is binding on them and they must live up to the expectation of the university which is to raise great leaders armed with integrity that could effect a change in Nigeria.