. I WON'T MAKE PROFIT TILL AFTER 10 YEARS - HEZEKIAH
CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA, OWERRI
The Chancellor and owner of Hezekiah University, Umudi, in Imo state, Daddy Hezekiah, said that the Citadel of learning has zero tolerance for social vices, especially cultism and that the institution's management would waste no time in rusticating any student found in indulging in any of the vices.
Hezekiah, who is the founder and General overseer of Living Christ Mission incorporated who spoke to newsmen on the occasion of the 2016 press week of the church, said that the University was founded by God and he would not condone any act that would jeopardize the image and integrity of his church.
Hezekiah University which is the first and only private University in the state which was approved in April, 2015, by former President Goodluck Jonathan, administration , according to him was founded in good morals and was committed to graduating students who would transform the society based on biblical injunctions .
On while the University is reportedly the cheapest private University in the country, the Chancellor averred that it was his desire to see many children, especially those from poor backgrounds have access to qualitative University education that propelled it to subsidizing the school fees and awarding scholarships to the first five hundred pioneer students of the institution .
According to him "the University is today the cheapest private University in Nigeria because I believe more people, especially the children of the poor should have opportunities to acquire University education. Before I opened this University I was prepared and ready for it. I know I will not make profit till after ten year of the University. For now I am paying the staff from my pocket. The school fees of the students can only settle the salaries of the workers for only two months ".
He urged the federal government to subsidize education so that more people would have opportunities to go to the University because education opens door for the development and progress of every nation.
The man of God said" the federal government should make education, especially University education affordable. More children should be encouraged to go to school. Government should support students through scholarships to go to the Universities. Education should be qualitative through constant training and retraining of teachers who are saddled with the responsibility of modeling the students ".
Hezekiah urged the federal government to quickly bring to a stop the problem of cattle rearing in the country by making sure that the fulani herdsmen are barred from bearing arms and destroying People’s farmlands with their herds.