V-C Receives New OSC Chaplain By Otikor Samuel


The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale, has formally received the new Chaplain of Our Saviour's Chapel (Interdenominational), the Reverend Mba Idika, who paid him a courtesy visit last Tuesday in his office. The new Chaplain was posted to the University to complete the tenure of his immediate predecessor, the Reverend Francis Iduma who suddenly died in office late last year.

Speaking during the visit which had Principal Officers and officials of the Chapel Management Council in attendance, the Vice Chancellor regretted the demise of the erstwhile Chaplain, who he credited with aggressive evangelism and innovative ideas. He, however, consoled the Chapel on the unexpected demise of the Reverend Iduma, describing death as an inevitable end that awaited every mortal.

“I heard so much about you even before your arrival to commence your pastoral duties here. It is obvious that you may likely spend a short time in the Chapel to serve out the tenure of your predecessor, but you have already made great impact since your arrival. We are happy to have you here and I commend you for settling down very quickly to fill the vacuum created by the demise of your predecessor,” the Vice Chancellor told Reverend Idika.

Professor Lale informed the new Chaplain that the University would require his services from time to time in the provision of spiritual direction for the Christian community on campus. “Administering the affairs of a sophisticated and diverse academic community like ours requires courage and spiritual insight. It has become a complicated task for Vice Chancellors, who must rely on God to stabilise the system. We would count on your immense apostolic authority to intercede on our behalf as we go about our duty schedules,” the Vice Chancellor said. He further enjoined the Board of Trustees, the Chapel Management Council and the entire Congregation of OSC to support the new Chaplain to succeed in the discharge of his onerous assignment in the University.

The two Deputy Vice Chancellors, Professors Regina Ogali, who is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the OSC and Hakeem Fawehinmi, took turns to congratulate the new Chaplain on his appointment, wishing him success throughout his stay in the University.

Earlier in his speech, the new Chaplain said the visit was meant to formally introduce himself to the Management of the University. “I want to appreciate the University for the cooperation that has existed between the Chapel and the University over the years. We need to sustain this excellent symbiotic relations aimed at fostering peaceful coexistence between the Church and University. My primary assignment here is to provide spiritual guidance to those who seek knowledge and bring them the message of salvation. The Church is very important in the lives of Christians, especially young people who are in dire need of direction in a world of competing values. The University of Port Harcourt is a well-known institution and I am willing to contribute my own quota to its academic and spiritual growth,” the Chaplain promised.

Officials of the CMC who accompanied the Chaplain on the visit included the Vice Chairman, Professor Ikechukwu Agbagwa, Service Warden, Dr Glory Amadi, Ex-Officio Member, Dr Jones Ayuwo, Secretary, Dr Salem Ejeba, Welfare Secretary, Professor Ebi Amakoromo and Adult Sunday School Superintendent, Dr Deborah Obafemi. Also on the entourage was the Chairman of the Men's Christian Fellowship, Dr. Kunle Sofolabo.

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