The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria

General Assembly Office, Directorate of Information & Public Affairs, 26 – 29 Ehere Rd, Ogbor Hill, P. O. Box 2635, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. 07019449933 – 08111057507

PCN News Bulletin Vol 69.     27th October, 2016





The long-awaited inspection visit of the Standing Committee on Private Universities (SCOPU) of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to the proposed Hope Waddell University, Ohafia, Abia State has come and gone, thanks to God who is the Founder, the Foundation and the Perfecter of the university project. The nine-person NUC team, led by the Chairman of SCOPU, Prof. Akaneren Essien, arrived Ohafia on Monday, 24th October, 2016 and immediately began NUC’s 1st Verification Visit which was concluded on Wednesday, 26th October, 2016.  The exercise comprised (i) a meeting with the Principal Officers of the Proprietors of the university project – The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria – led by the Moderator of the General Assembly, His Eminence, Most Rev. Nzie N. Eke; the Board of Trustees of the proposed university and the Project Implementation Committee (HWUIC). The meeting verified the documents of the proposed university such as the Academic Brief, Physical Masterplan and the University Law.  Other aspects of the verification exercise included (ii) the inspection of the structures so far constructed for the university at the Take-Off site, Okagwe Ohafia (iii) visits to Anyanwu 1 of Owuwa Anyanwu Autonomous Community, HRH Elder Eze Odum Amogu; the Transition Committee Chairman of Ohafia LGA, Hon. Sampson Uke; the Manager of EDCC Ohafia and the Manager of Water Board, Ohafia, and (iv) a wrap-up meeting with Principal Officers, BOT and HWUIC at which the NUC verification team interacted with the Church on the remaining steps to take toward licensing.  It was indeed a hectic and strenuous, but fruitful 3-day exercise.


At the end of the tour, the NUC team congratulated the Church on the “marvellous progress” so far made and offered useful advice on further action to be taken.  According to the team, the Church has fulfilled significantly, the steps leading to the licensing of a private university in Nigeria.  This, as the team leader, Prof. Essien stated excitedly, is very encouraging. The remaining steps are the following:


a)     PCN’s implementation of the advice given by the verification team and the invitation of the team for the 2nd and final verification.

b)    The confirmation by NUC that the verification team’s recommendations have been implemented, upon which  NUC will recommend to the Federal Executive Committee of the Federal Government of Nigeria for approval/license for Hope Waddell University to begin operation.


The challenge to all Presbyterians and stakeholders to the university project is the implementation of the advice/recommendations of the NUC verification team. A breakdown of the recommendations and action plan will soon be communicated to all and sundry and this is pleading that we all should key in appropriately and support like never before. If you love development; if you love the Hope Waddell University project and if you love God, this is the time to prove it.  We are at a finger-tip distance of the university license and this is the time to take a deep breath for the final lap.


The photographs above, taken during the verification exercise shows the Chairman of NUC’s SCOPU and the verification team leader, Prof. A. Essien (third from right) during the tour of the proposed HWU Take-Off Site, Okagwe Ohafia. On his right is the HWUIC Convener, Elder Prof. B. O Asuquo.



November        1         All Saints’ Day

November        4          Board of Missions Meeting

November        4          BFO Publications Department Editorial Committee Meeting

November        4-5      PYPAN CWC Meeting

November        4         BFO Publications Department Meeting

November        4          BFO Congregational Ministries Department Meeting

November        4          BFO Doctrines and Standards Department

November         6        Reserved for Presbyteries/Synods

November       7-13     Christian Home and Family Life Week

November        11        Finance Board Meeting

November    11-12      Children’s Desk CWC Meeting

November        13       Reserved for Presbyteries/Synods

November      18          Board of Personnel and Training Meeting

November       18         Music Desk Meeting

November     18-19      CGIT CWC Meeting

November      20         GA Projects Sensitization- Hope Waddell University

November      20          Reign Of Christ Sunday or Christ the King Sunday

November    21-22      Board of Faith and Order Meeting

November         24       Board of Trustees Meeting

November    22-23      General Assembly Executive Committee Meeting

November   24-27       All Presbyterian Conference – at Synod level

November       27         Reserved for Presbyteries/Synods