By; VITALIS UGOH, Çalabar
The Federal Government has been called upon to as a matter of priority, formulate possible economic measures that would cushion the impact of Coronavirus on our educational system.
The appeal is based on UNESCO timely warning to the effect that Covid-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of the educational system in history globally.
The Chairman of Governing Board Centre for Gender & Women Studies, University of Uyo, Prof. Comfort Ekpo stated while delivering the convocation lecture of the World Harvest Bible College and Seminary Calabar.
According to her, available records shows that about 23 million youths may not have access to learning due to the pandemic’s economic impact, as the crisis is exacerbating pre-existing educational disparities among vulnerable persons.
Ekpo, whose convocation lecture was on “Theological Education and the Challenges of Today’s Pandemic” to mark the 24th/25th convocation ceremony of the World Harvest Bible College & Seminary, Calabar noted that the triple effect of the pandemic had gone beyond the educational sector, as there are visible signs that there is bound to be global food insecurity alongside social violence due to increasing hunger and economic instability.
She appealed to the federal government to commence the process of stock taking with a view to obtaining accurate data which would aid whatever proactive measures government may introduce to combat economic losses as there is already a serious decline in purchasing power.
According to her, “Coronavirus is a major pathogen that primarily target the human upper and lower respiratory system and the most reliable diagnostic approach still remain collecting specimens from the upper and lower respiratory tract for molecular test, which may also include serology laboratory examination”.
The World Harvest Bible College and Seminary, has since inception in 1992 produced about 994 grandaunts including the current 24/25 graduating set of 71.
Earlier, the college provost Prof. Aniefiok Akpabio, stated that the college affiliation to the University of Calabar is an added impetus to the quality of graduates who pass through the institution.
The President/Chancellor of the college Rev. Dr. Nick Eze, in an interview beckoned on government for support as the institution is playing a vital role in shaping the character and attitudinal upbringing of most Nigerians.
Eze who is the General Overseer of Christ for the World Mission said that the aim of the college is to produce ministers of God who would preach the word of God without diluting the gospel in the”flesh”.