By Ebun Sessou
As part of efforts to empower women, the Coordinator of Christ Apostle Church Theological Seminary, CACTS, Lagos Campus, Pastor Francis Olaniyi has said that midwives, nurses, teachers, traders and businesswomen among others, were on the list of the 350 graduands in the 2018 academic session of the school, adding that there has been an increase in the number of female graduating from the school compared to the previous years.
The seminary which is an affiliate of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, has been in existence since 1998 with the main campus in Ile-Ife including 14 other campuses around the world.
Speaking during the Press briefing heralding the 20th Convocation and Building Dedication of the Theological Seminary, Olaniyi said women from all walks of life including female nurses, midwives, teachers, civil servants, traders and businesswomen graduated from the school.
He explained that these women, especially the midwives and female nurses, would further proceed to Faith Maternity in Ede, Osun State to be trained as maternity workers before they would be inducted in the church hospital. He added that other women who graduated would be lady evangelists, prophetesses, church planters among others. About 70 women are graduating with Certificate in Theology, Diploma in Theology and Bachelor of Theology.
The coordinator who said that the church does not discriminate on basis of gender said graduates of the school are both men and women.
Olaniyi who took pains to answer questions from journalists on the state of the nation, said, the value of the country has been eroded such that money is collected for voting. According to him: “There is problem of money and nobody is talking. How do you explain a country that has all the resources and yet we cannot do anything right?
“There is no man who is engrossed in making money that is not corrupt. The religious leaders have left the Bible values. Self-denial, sacrifice and contentment are criteria for Christianity to make positive impact. The pursuit of money is anti-God. What has crumbled Christianity today is money.
“A criminalisation of the society is based on our lives, it is better to go back to the basics, until we live a life of contentment, the society cannot be better.
“Our country is what it is today because of the problem of leaders that lack the discipline of good leadership. We all should understand that no society rises beyond its leadership. Everything rises and falls on leadership. Many churches today are not truly making positive impact on society because a lot their leaders are not appropriately and sufficiently trained”, he lamented.
Speaking on the graduation of the 350 students of the school and the dedication of the building which would take place today, he said, the students who have studied in the theological seminary between two to four years at different levels would formally become graduates of our seminary, adding that those who could not graduate with them were asked by the authority of the school to wait. To him, “it is part of the school’s measures to ensure that our products are academically sound and morally unimpeachable.
He further explained that the dedication of the new ultra-modern chapel auditorium located within the school premises is geared towards academic excellence. “The multi-million naira building project is part of the facilities required by the school to accommodate more students’ enrollment.
“Twenty years ago, students’ enrollment in the seminary was less than 30 but now we have over 700, a result of God’s help through the leadership quality of the college in particular and the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide in general.
“Our mission is training different levels of people of God who have been called into diverse ministries of the gospel. We run the following programmes tailored to fulfilling the mission: Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Christian Education, Diploma in Theology, Diploma in Christian Education, Certificate in Theology and Certificate in Christian Education. We have also created room for those who are not sufficiently literate to be enrolled in any of our programmes.
“So, what we have for them is one-year literacy programme during which they are groomed to be able to undertake any of our certificate courses
“Our seminary is an affiliate of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji, Osun State, and those who are interested in its Bachelor of Religious Studies course are free to pick the form at different centres especially the Lagos Campus.
“To facilitate our students’ efficiency and effectiveness, we also offer them computer literacy services. It may also interest you to know that as part of our peripheral services, we run a summer music class for young and old people who are willing to know more about musical instruments while acquiring ability to play them.
“Our goal is assisting as many as are willing to come over to us to become ministers of God who have studied to show themselves approved unto God, work men and women who have no reason to be ashamed but rightly sharing the word of truth. We are non-discriminatory, we train men and women from all denominations, ministries or churches,” he said.
On the efforts to bring the CACTS services closer to the students, he said: “The authorities of our church have given approval for the take off of our study centres in Ikorodu and Abeokuta.
He added that academic activities will commence at the centres in September.
“The study centres operate only at weekends and basic requirement is five credits including English Language for the diploma courses.
People expected to grace the event include the President, the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Pastor Abraham O. Akinosun among others.