OPM And Uniport: When Town And Gown Meet
University of Port Harcourt took its town and gown policy to a new level as it fostered a new relationship with one of the fasted growing pentecostal churches, Omega Power Ministries (OPM) in Nigeria as it honored the General overseer of OPM Apostle (Dr) Chibuzor Gift Chinyere, with the award of Crusader of Social Gospel.
At a conference organised by the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies with the theme “Pentecostalism under the African Pastorate Profile” and sub Theme “Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere: Social Gospel and the New Pentecostalism”
Chaired by a former diplomat and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus, Prof George Obiozor, dignitaries including traditional rulers, politicians including the deputy governor of Abia state, Hon. …………. technocrats, academia, members of the diplomatic corps, religious faithful, students thronged the Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium of the University in recognition of the landmark achievements of Apostle (Dr) Chibuzor Gift Chinyere.
Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere, Founder and General Overseer of the Omega Power Ministries (OPM) and President of OPM Foundation has touched the lives of millions of people all over the world by effectively combining evangelism with philanthropy and welfare projects for the needy.
Extolling the virtues of compassion wisdom, sagacity and devotion to the upliftment of mankind various congratulated the university for recognizing the welfarist flavor adopted in winning souls for God, the vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Ndowa Lale said the unity approved the conference and award programme to enable the university have a library of researchable materials on the contributions of the church ro society.
He also praise the awardee for his promise build a hostel block for the students and added that the university has started processing the due process for the project.
The event started with an opening prayer by his lordship, Dr. Patrick Eluke, the Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Port Harcourt.
Convener and acting head of department of religion and cultural studies, Dr Ngozi Iheanacho, said the department identified with the ministerial thrust of the apostle as an untiring liberator of social problems.
Prof. Henry A. Ugboma, Chief Medical Director, University of Port Harcourt ad of Department who presented the keynote address described Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere as a Missioner, Visioner, Motivator and Philanthropist who has empowered and millions of people throughout all over the world.
The citation by Prof. E.C Emasealo took the audience through the life journey of Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere. Apostle Chibuzor’s Christian life began at the Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) where he was baptised in 1993. After spending 8 years in MFM, he left to establish the Omega Power Ministries (OPM) in 2006. With over 200 branches in Nigeria, OPM is also prominent in the USA, China, Ghana, Togo, Canada, UK and South Africa.
In 2008, he established the OPM Foundation to drive his revolution of practical care and selfless service to humanity”. OPM Foundation has rescued and rehabilitated flood victims, cultists, drug addicts, commercial sex workers, pregnant teenagers, social deviants etc while providing free feeding, free education, free accommodation as well as free clothing to all manner of indigent persons without regard to religious, ethnic, linguistic or sectional affiliation.
The foundation’s other achievements include empowerment, alms-giving and commissioning of a free Computer Training Centre at Elele prison in Rivers. Others are the award of university scholarship to the poor apart from the free nursery, primary and secondary school’s education.
It has also commissioned free tailoring centre and provided water borehole to the people of Rumuji and other communities in Rivers, to alleviate the problem of water scarcity in the area.
Responding to the honour, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere said his tough experience in life has made him very conscious of the suffering and hardship of people:
‘When someone comes to me and says he or his family is hungry, I don’t just pray for the person; I also dip my hand in my pocket and give him money to buy food for his family. And my awareness of the difficulty in paying children’s school fees has inspired me to open the OPM Free Schools to provide free education and vocational training for children of the less privileged of the society.