Photo: Students in practical learning at JOBITECH
A Catholic Church school, John Bosch Institute of Technology (JOBITECH) located at Ibolo Layout, Obosi, Anambra state has cried out to the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano with a message of “save our soul” (SOS) over the poor condition of access roads to the school.
The Director of the School Rev Fr Samuel Agudosi who spoke to The Oracle Today on the challenges facing the Institute also appealed to the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, philanthropists and men of goodwill to come on the aid of the school to enable it acquire necessary equipments and facilities that will enhance the progress and sustenance of the institute.
Fr Agudosi said that the school which was established way back in 1992 with the aim to carry out the mission works of Fr John Bosco is facing enormous challenges of lack of facilities, equipments and access roads lamenting that unless urgent measures are taking erosion may cut off the roads leading to school when the rainy season comes calling.
Elaborating more on the institute he said “John Bosco Institute of Technology (JOBITECH, Onitsha Campus) that was established since 1992 is a stake holder in technical education in Nigeria.
Its aim in the training of young people is the empowerment of the youth/young (the working class) through technical knowledge as well as basic scientific knowledge
“As a Catholic Educational Institution, it shares in the mission of the Church to form genuine Christians who live by the Gospel values and who know fully and desire life’s ultimate purpose.
He continued “As a Nigerian Institution, it endeavours to form upright citizens, imbued with authentic Nigerian values and contributing to the making of a just and humane society.
As a Salesian school, it educates and evangelizes in the style of St. John Bosco, through an educative community permeated by a family spirit and characterized by elements of reason, religion, and loving kindness.
In the words of St John Bosco, JOBITECH seeks to form “Good Christians and Honest citizens”.
The Director to explain that “Guided by its vision, John Bosco Institute of Technology is envisaged to be a centre for excellence in studies, technical trades and skills acquisition, focusing in, Providing easier access to higher education for the under-privileged, Harmonizing technical excellence with human and religious values, Employment-Oriented programs in emerging areas of contemporary technology and service.
Contributing to the socio-economic development of Nigeria through job training and self-employment, Boosting international linkages and collaboration in Technical education through Bosco Tech Africa”
On the administration of the school Fr Agudosi said that the institute is under the care of the Priest of John Bosco order otherwise known as the Selsains.
According to him, the school is a non-profit-making Institute, especially established for the less privileged, is run by a religious congregation known as the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) and is present in 130 countries.
He added “We the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), a religious order made up of priests and brothers, strive to carry out the apostolic plan of our Founder St John Bosco in a specific form of religious life.
“Our mission is to be in the Church signs and bearers of the love of God for young people, especially those who are poor.
“The Society that Don Bosco established, and which is especially devoted to the education of youth, has its own invaluable pedagogy, which grew from family life and is based on keeping the young under the vigilant eye of the educators, who like loving fathers can kindly advise and correct them in such a way as to place them in the impossibility of committing faults.
“We carry out our mission chiefly in works and activities that promote the human and Christian education of the young, such as boys clubs and youth centres, schools and technical institutes, hostels and houses for young people in difficulties; parishes and mission residences, retreat houses, and the social communications sector.
“We are present in Akure, Ondo town, Onitsha(Obosi), Ibadan, Abuja, Kotangora, Lagos among others places.
By Toby Chuks, Onitsha