- Prelate tours JOBITECH Training facilities; Electrical/Electronics department, Mechanical Craft Practice department, Solar and Renewable Energy and other sectors of the community
-Our educational system make youth employable and we turn delinquent youth into successful persons – Rector
By Nna Anulumadu
Joy rented the air at St John Bosco Chaplaincy Obosi last Sunday as the Chief Shepherd of Archdiocese of Onitsha paid a one day pastoral visit to the Centre.
The event witnessed confirmation of over three hundred candidates prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
In his Homily, Archbishop Okeke urged people of God to live a life of forgiveness embedded in good heart and spirituality, emphasizing that those who live above the flesh by living in the spirit can conquer death at the end of the time. He also advised Christians to always be thankful to God no matter the circumstances, adding that life of thanksgiving paves way for God’s miracles to flow in our lives. The prelate also enjoined the faithful to be honest with their friends and never betray true friendship.
The Chief Shepherd shortly after the Holy Mass toured JOBITECH Training facilities; Electrical/Electronics department, Mechanical Craft Practice department, Solar and Renewable Energy and other sectors of the community. He commended the Salesian Community of Obosi for their exploits in the area of technical and vocational skills training of the young people.
the congregation intends to build an outstanding Technical Institute for the holistic formation and training of young people. He described the Archbishop as a dynamic prelate, who is making waves by investing in the training of youth, stating that they are only trying to complement his developmental strides.
The Rector of the Salesian Community Rev. Fr. Donatus Ikeanyibe Ndozianyichukwu (SDB) in appreciation poured encomiums on the Archbishop for his visit, describing his presence as spiritual upliftment and a true sign of love. He thanked the Archbishop for giving the Salesians of Don Bosco a piece of land at Charles Heerey Technical and Vocational College Ogidi, where
St. John Bosco, he said, is a father, teacher, and friend of the youth, highlighting that wherever the Salesian Community is situated, the youth of the area and beyond gain holistic formation and training; academically, morally and otherwise. He expresses that Don Bosco received his charism from God, a seed he in turn sowed in the hearts of the young people he encountered. Don Bosco employed the preventive system of education, which leaves special touch in the lives of the young people aiding their transformation. The system consists of three pillars; REASON, RELIGION AND LOVING KINDNESS. By reason, we enlighten the young people on the rationale behind our demands from them; by religion, we evangelize them to put God at the centre of their endeavours; and by loving-kindness, we promote mutual trust and respect manifesting the sense of gentleness, patience, joy and optimism. Today, Don Bosco community is not relenting in living out the preventive system, which transforms delinquent youth who get in contact with the centre to responsible people.
Don Bosco Community Obosi is a typical youth village characterized as home, school, church and playground that grooms young people as responsible citizens and good Christians. The Centre has varied sectors through which the young people are impacted, offered different skills and equipped for life; Don Bosco Secondary School offers quality secondary training, Youth Centre offers animating skills, Chaplaincy builds the spiritual life, and the famous John Bosco Institute of Technology (JOBITECH). Jobitech, as the TVET Centre of Excellence, offers technical skills in Electrical/Electronics, Machanical and CIT that render students employable and competent for which companies and organizations hunt for our graduates. He further disclosed that Jobitech engages the students in 70% practical work and 30% theories describing it as an edge they have over Nigeria universities who do the opposite. According to him, their Motto is “Per Aspera ad Astra” (strive to get to the height through hard work). Don Bosco promised the youth three things; work, bread and heaven, which summarized what the youth stand to gain in Don Bosco centre.
He urged interested candidates who desire for competent technical training skills that forms are available at the centre. Also, parents who desire to give their wards best secondary school education should enroll them at the centre disclosing that entry forms are available too.
Good to let you know that Salesians of Don Bosco Community is located at Km7, Onitsha-Owerri Road, P.O. Box 314, Onitsha. Phone +2348068789369; +2348061220623; +2347042081895. www. donbosconigeria.org; email firstname.lastname@example.org.