Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege will on Saturday, September 11, 2021 be the guest speaker at the combined 30th/31st Convocation of the West Africa Theological Seminary, (WATS), Lagos scheduled for Saturday September 11th, 2021.
Also expected to grace the convocation as distinguished guests are the Executive Governors of Akwa Ibom State Mr. Udom Emmanuel and his Lagos State counterpart Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
As Guest Speaker, Senator Omo-Agege will be addressing the topic: Global Mission, Global Vision: Agenda for Excellence in Leadership through Theological Education.
The Seminary, one of the oldest non-denominational Seminaries in Nigeria was founded by Prof. Gary Maxey (an American), in collaboration with some eminent Nigerian church leaders in 1989. It has produced thousands of graduates in Theological and Leadership education over the years.
The Provost of the Seminary, Pastor Oluwafemi Martins in a statement made available to the media said this year’s Convocation is unique in many respects. According to him, the convocation is to graduate two sets of students 2020/2021 graduands because the school could not hold that of last year due to Covid-19. A total of two hundred and two (202) graduands are expected to convocate in the combined ceremony, including thirteen (13) at the Doctor of Ministry level.
Pastor Martins said the choice of Senator Omo-Agege is deliberate, “it is in fulfilment of the third focus of the Seminary’s Mission Statement that of “…catalyzing national spiritual awakening”. What we aim to achieve is to create a synergy between spiritual leadership and secular leadership. It is obvious that the paucity of right theological education which negates church influence on national discourse is part of the reason why many political leaders are not getting it right in governance”.
He concluded that “While not preempting the presentation of Senator Omo-Agege, we are hoping that his address will help the seminary create a template that will be useful for those exercising political authority to pursue excellence in Leadership for the good of our nation”.
The convocation which is billed to hold at the Seminary premises in Ipaja, Lagos will attract several leaders both from the church and the secular world.