Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry (OPM), Pastor Chibuzor Gif Chinyere, says the ministry is establishing OPM Free University (OFU) in the country to halt migrating students to oversees for free university education.
The philanthropist said the continuous devaluation of the naira to the dollar was partly responsible for the decision, saying approval for the university has already begun in Abuja.
In his statement in his official Facebook page, the cleric said when ready, the university would be 90 per cent for bonafide members of the church and 10 per cent for students from other Christian denominations and Muslims.
He also announced an end to university scholarship abroad for fresh students, saying those already admitted and about to resume as well as those already in higher institutions under the church scholarship should begin to find alternative means of catering for their feeding.
He, however, added that the ministry will continue to shoulder the tution fees and accommodation.
“I’m left with no other option.
I just finished meeting with a professor and I have instructed the OPM international matron that from January 2023, no more new intakes for OPM overseas scholarship because of the over growing dollar rates.
“So, all those we just paid there school fees last week for Cyprus that will be traveling this month of August and those for Germany that will be traveling September are the last new intakes for overseas scholarship.
“While others that are already in different universities around the world, we shall continue to pay your school fees and accommodations only till you graduate.
“You have to look small job for your feeding and clothes.
“I have already given the professor with funds to travel to Abuja, Nigeria for the registration and approval of the first free university in Nigeria to be called OPM Free University.
“Like our 20 free schools, two free world-class free hospitals, one multiskills acquisition center, 18 free estates etc……
“This free university shall be run 100 per cent free of charge and it will be open to both Muslims and Christians from other churches.
“Serious OPM members, not visiting members, shall have 90 per cent slot, while 10 per cent shall be shared for Muslims and other denominations.
“The professor has also promised to bring in some foreign professors that will train some of our Nigerian lecturers free of charge on how to teach with technology, not black boards.
“I’m so excited for this my dream to come true. Just like the world class well-equipped specialist hospital which started eight years ago.
“Every week through head of welfare, Mrs Moreen, we spend millions on people’s hospital bills.
“Then one day, I woke up and said ‘enough is enough,’ we must build our own hospital and God made it possible.
“I will also speak to those American universities that gave me honorary doctorate decree if they can affiliat with OPM Free University even if it means paying them monthly.
“So that OPM free university can be high standard. God I return all glory back to you,” he noted.