THE newly licensed Precious Cornerstone University (PCU) being promoted by the Sword of the Spirit Ministries also known as Christ Life Church would begin operations this September with two faculties and five departments.
From Stella Obi, Ibadan
This was disclosed in Ibadan at the weekend by the Chairman of the newly inaugurated Board of Trustees (BOT), Gen. Oladayo Popoola (Rtd), after the board’s maiden meeting held in the Church at Ibadan.
At the meeting which had in attendance the Presiding Bishop of the Ministries and the Promoter of the University, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, his wife, Rev. Mrs. Victoria Oke, members of the BoT, including Hon. Philemon Adeniran, Dr. John Fagbenro, Mr. Banji Osunkunle, His Eminence, Sunday Ola Makinde and Dr. Bayo Adegoke, who was named the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Gen. Popoola said the two faculties would be Social and Management Sciences and that of Pure and Applied Sciences.
Equally, the five departments to be run are for Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Natural Sciences and Physical Sciences under which 12 programmes in all would be run; comprising B.Sc. Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Marketing and Economics in the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences.
In the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, the University, according to the BOT Chairman would run B.Sc. Biochemistry, Microbiology, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Electronics.
The BOT Chairman, who disclosed further that the Promoter had promised effective, funding to make it a truly world-class university, said the maiden meeting, in addition to the appointment of Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council also appointed some other statutory members.
Ahead of the September take-off of the University, Popoola said that his board had directed the Governing Council to immediately commence the process of the recruitment of the Principal Officers and other key staff of the University.
In his brief remark, the Promoter of the University, Bishop Wale Oke, who announced that a Chancellor would be appointed for the university in due course described the issuance of licence on 6th December last year to the university as the manifestation of the dream of 11 years.
He thanked Gen. Popoola for taking the responsibility of leading the university’s Board of Trustees at this crucial stage of its life and expressed the determination to make it a world-class institution that would produce entrepreneur and capable leaders of the economy in the nearest possible time.
To drive the mission and vision of the university, Bishop Oke promised that it would secure the services of the best scholars and administrators to run its programmes and activities and that the university would collaborate with universities locally and internationally towards becoming one of the best globally within a short time.
For the first five years of its existence, the Promoter said the University of Ibadan would mentor the new PCU, adding, “there will not be compromise of academics, morals and any other value that can derail the university in its match towards being a world-class institution”.
Bishop Oke assured that his members of congregation received with enthusiasm the final approval of the university which culminated in the release of the licence and explained that they are on the same page with him on his determination to make it a world-class institution, which would not materialise without a price.
According to him, “members of the congregation have made a lot of sacrifice to see the dream up to this level and they share in the vision of making the university a world-class. We are all working to make the university sustainable which definitely requires a price to pay. World-class university is not cheap, but, the church is ready to make it one”.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Adegoke, who fielded questions from journalists maintained that the establishment of the university was not just to add to the number, but to be a game-changer.
He said the philosophy of the university “is to develop all-round personalities that will not just be academically sound, but morally upright, original thinkers, job creators, people of possibility thinking as well as people with dominion mentality.”