UNICAL HOLDS INTERDENOMINATIONAL SERVICE TO MARK REOPENING OF ACADEMIC YEAR
An interdenominational Service to mark the re-opening of the 2019/2020 Academic year for the University of Calabar has been held at the Unical International Conference Centre of the institution.
Speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Florence Obi said the event was organized to hand over the institution to God to “take charge, guide and lead the institution”.
Prof Florence Obi who could not hide her feelings of joy at the occasion said she was pleased to see her students back on campus and said even their teachers who had missed their company were eagerly waiting to impart knowledge.
Prof Obi admitted that the university like any other institution is wary of COVID-19 and as a result Staff and Students are expected to wear the mandatory nose mask appropriately adding that faith and works should be employed to stay alive.
She disclosed that the management of the institution has worked very hard to put necessary facilities and measures in place to ensure safety of human lives.
The Vice Chancellor said the EndSars protests resulted in the vandalization of both institutional and individual properties, but informed that management has adjusted to the discomfort by extensive refurbishing and rehabilitation work round the hostels and advised students to do same.
In a Sermon titled “Power of Habits: Winning habits for winning ways”, Rev Theodore Effiong who took his text from the book of Daniel chapter 6, the tenth verse identified three features of habit thus: it cannot be hidden; it overrides common sense and it is predictive.
Rev Theodore Effiong stated that some people have good habits while some have bad habits and related that status to why some people succeed anywhere, they find themselves and why others also fail perpetually, incapable of making a difference.
The Clergyman declared that a winning habit when formed and developed would culminate in winning ways and admitted that the lack of it engender individuals to blame situations and conditions.
He charged Staff of the University to develop persistent winning habits that will lift them higher and take them to the zenith of their career, adding that, what makes people relevant as Daniel in the Holy Writ is their positive habits.
For those with bad habits, the clergyman called on them to seek and embrace Jesus whom he identified as the bad habit breaker, and who will also replace the bad habits with the new.
In a welcome charge, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof Michael Okom challenged staff of the institution to bring their faith to the workplace noting that faith which belongs to the spiritual rules over the physical.
The service was marked with prayers for Staff, Students and the Nation, as well as collection of offerings for children of the deceased in an atmosphere of strict enforcement of COVID-19 Protocols.
The service had in attendance Management Staff, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments and students, as well as, several clergymen within and outside the institution.
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