On Thursday, June 28th, Christ Embassy Abuja Zone officially handed over an E-Learning Centre, which the zone established and equipped in August 2013, in collaboration with the National Open University of Nigeria and the Nigeria Prisons Service, and also provided full scholarships to 42 inmates, many of whom are on the verge of completing their degree courses.
Dignitaries at the event included the highly esteemed Reverend Tom Amenkhienan, represented by Pastor Emma Eze; Pastors Eloho and Loretta Ovrere; Deaconess Chichi Nwabueze; and other esteemed Pastors and leaders from Christ Embassy Abuja. Present as beneficiaries were the Controller General, Nigeria Prisons Service, represented by the ACG Social Welfare in the company of the Controller of Prisons for the FCT, the Officer-in-Charge of the Kuje Prison and other imminent officials of the Prison Service.
The Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University, represented by the DVC Admin, officially commissioned the facility in the company of Directors and officials of the University. The ultimate beneficiaries, inmates turned university undergraduates, were present to laud and appreciate this transformational initiative and to express their appreciation for the opportunity provided them by the centre; 72 inmates that are currently undergoing diverse degree courses were present at the event.
In their speeches, the Controller General and the Vice Chancellor appreciated Christ Embassy for her commitment to nation-building and societal change, evidenced by the several projects and initiatives embarked upon to bring about positive change to individuals and the larger society. The highly esteemed Reverend Tom’s address enlightened everyone present on the passion of the man of God, Pastor Chris, for nation-building, highlighting initiatives like ReachOut Nigeria, the InnerCity Mission and more.
A high point of the event was a vote of thanks by an inmate who would be completing his degree program in two weeks, testifying that he came into the prison without any formal education but has so far journeyed from elementary level to secondary studies and to being so close to a Bachelor of Science in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, all while in prison.