The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, MOUAU, yesterday, held a special inter-denominational thanksgiving service – one of a series of events leading up to its 10th convocation ceremony slated for Saturday.
Speaking during the church service held at the University’s Senator Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium, the homilist, Dr. Steve Ogan, charged members of the University community to put Jesus Christ first in all that they do.
In his sermon titled “Re-awakening the Priesthood of Intellectual Arena”, Dr Ogan maintained that man can regain his lost priesthood and glory by accepting Jesus Christ who was sacrificed for the sake of mankind.
The clergyman stated that academic and intellectual institutionalisation was developed through priesthood, adding that every academic curriculum has Biblical and Christ dimensions. He enjoined the congregation to embrace righteousness so as to stand as priests in the propagation of evangelism in the University.
In his remark, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, expressed gratitude to God for granting the university the opportunity to witness her 10th Convocation ceremony, maintaining that the direction of progress the university is witnessing is made possible by the help of God. The VC appealed to every staff of the university to help make the coming convocation a success.
Special prayers were offered for the Council, Management, Staff, and Students of the University at the Christian event. Prayers were also said for Abia State and Nigeria at large.
Clergymen present at the thanksgiving service included the Methodist Bishop of Ndoro Diocese, Rt. Rev. John Okorie; the Moderator of Presbyterian Church, Umuahia Presbytery, Rt. Rev. Ezera Ume, and many others.
The inter-denominational church service was followed by a novelty football match between the university’s male and female teams at the university’s Demonstration Secondary School stadium. The resilient MOUAU female team defeated the male side 3-2 in a thrilling encounter.