The Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, last Wednesday held a one-day prayer summit, at the chapel of the Holy Spirit, to seek the presence of God in the university community for 2014.
In his sermon at the occasion, the Chaplain incharge of the chapel of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Canon Chinemerem Uche, listed some of the challenges and impediments which the institution is facing and urged the management, staff and students to rise and restore the dignity of IMSU by looking onto Jesus with faith so that those maladies would be a thing of the past.
The Chaplain observed that IMSU has been associated with political influences, examination malpractices, recklessness of lecturers and promotion of mediocrity at the expense of meritocracy which are not peculiar with the institution.
He said that God has given everybody in the institution the opportunity to heal the ailment on his side by genuine repentance through touching Jesus’ garment with boldness and faith like the Biblical woman with the issue of blood.
He advised the leaders of the institution to take the bull by the horn in righting the wrongs in the institution which, he said, has suffered a great deal.
In his remarks, the Vice chancellor, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, thanked organizers of the summit and assured them that the summit would be sustained.
He promised more infrastructural facilities in addition to the ones under construction, such as science blocks and other complexes, adding that some banks have offered to assist the university.
The VC commended the governing council for efficient leadership and enjoined everyone to be an instrument of service in the hands of God.
He urged both staff and students to be involved in the sanitation of the institution and shun gossips and character assassination.
The occasion featured intercessory prayer led by Prof Okorafor, Pastor Dr Gab Oze, Mrs Chinyere Nwosu, Prof. Anthony Okere, Rev. Dr Val Agbaso and Prof. Chineke.
The only lesson drawn from Mark 5:22-34 was read by Prof. C.C. Alugbuo while Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku moderated the programme.
Highlight of the occasion was a donation of N100,000 and N20,000 to the chapel and choir, respectively, by the Vice Chancellor.