Proposed University on the Niger

Great things indeed start little. This can be said of the present undertaking of founding a university by the Diocese on the Niger. This endeavour started as an effort to crown the great contributions of the missionaries of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) Niger Mission of 1857, who not only evangelized Igbo land but also gave them education. They established schools for the education of the populace alongside churches as well as health institutions. Most of the schools and health institutions grew and produced great men and women who took after them. Today, the Diocese on the Niger is mother of many Dioceses in Nigeria.
Coming into Episcopacy in 2011, I reflected on the enlightenment and the quantum of the manpower development that came from the various forms of schools established by these pioneer missionaries. I had the urge to bring this great effort to its apex with the establishment of a university – University on the Niger, Umunya. This vision became very clear and intense in my mind in the sixth year of my Episcopacy. It is at this point that I started sharing this vision with some members of the Diocese and to my surprise the encouragement I received was awesome. This was why after my 10th Year Episcopal anniversary last year we began this journey.

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