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Religious urged to sponsor tuition-free universities

Christian clerics across the country have been asked to sponsor the establishment of tuition-free universities to support the underprivileged.

A biographer, Paul Njoku, who made it known in a statement made available to Saturday PUNCHsaid churches have the ability to create such institutions based on the income they generate.

Announcing his book on Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere titled Apostle Chibuzor: An Uncommon servant of God: the Philanthropic Titles & Offerings, he said Nigerian churches could change the current situation in the country.

Apostle Chinyere, General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry, Port Harcourt, River State, known for his philanthropy, plans to build a tuition-free university for the underprivileged in Nigeria.

According to Njoku, his experience of what Apostle Chinyere had done was a clear indication that churches in Nigeria can change the face of Nigeria.

“The church generates money every week. There are many mega-churches in Nigeria that collect millions in tithes and offerings. If this fund is used wisely, I think it is possible to have a free university in the country, and many other things could be done for free. This is what Apostle Chinyere demonstrated for many years,” he added.

Apostle Chinyere, according to him, had many hospitals, schools and vocational training centers that offered free services.

“It currently offers a free university. This is an indication that it is possible for the church to help change the face of Nigeria if it wishes.

Njoku observed that greed and avarice had been the bane of Nigeria.

“A lot of pastors are greedy. But a number of them are also doing great things. That is why we should commend Apostle Chinyere and his ilk,” he said.

He however noted that he was motivated to write a book on Apostle Chinyere due to his many philanthropic activities in the country.

He said: “He is a man who has freed many from poverty. He was very consistent in his gesture towards the poor. I think a man like this should be celebrated.

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