Junior Secondary Students Fabricate Iron Doors, Chairs, Cupboard

…as ASITEC Awgbu Holds 2nd Technical Art and Exhibition

By Princess Chinecherem Efobi

Exhibition as the process of showcasing talents or otherwise was displayed on 11 December 2022 by the students of All Saints International Technology College (ASITEC) Awgbu, Anambra State, at the school compound.

The Manager of the school, Rev. Fr. Paschal Okafor (SAC) in his Gaudate Sunday homily, focused on the differences between happiness and joyfulness. Drawing from the scriptures, Fr. Paschal said that joy came from within and that it was better for one to have joy than to be happy without joy.

‘Joy comes when one must have finished doing what one was assigned to do in a way it is supposed to be done,’ the homilist said. He gave an example of students who studied to pass and those who studied to learn, saying that those who studied to pass would only be happy because they passed when they saw their result at the end but because they did not learn what they passed, they would not be joyful. But those who learned, he said, would be happy and joyful because they passed and they learnt.

He advised everyone to always do the right thing at the right time to be joyful at the end and not just being happy.

Speaking to Fides, a student of the school, Mister Chinemelum

Nwankwo , who hails from Awgbu; and studying in the Department of Fabrication and Welding, said he learnt that fabrication was a structural process in which two metals could be joined together with electrode. He said he was happy to be in ASITECH because he could now produce a single or double door, as well as iron protectors.

Chinemelum also said he learnt how to cook so that his wife could not play with his stomach in the future.

Master Lawal Bamidele, another student of ASITECH, who is from Osun State, expressed happiness that he was able to study in Anambra State because the school had given him room to discover his talent as a young boy. He expressed readiness to start making money and, according to him, to at least feed himself without much pressure on his parents.

Master Bamidele thanked the school manager and all the staff members for making them discover their talent at a very tender age, and asked God to give them more grace and wisdom on how to lead them throughout their stay in the school.

High lights of the day’s event included the showcasing of antiseptics, liquid soap, chin chin, cake, meat pie, bleach, designer blocks, iron protectors, doors, wooden chairs, and cupboards, among others

Fr. Paschal who started working in the school about three months ago, told Fides that he was happy to be in the school because when he saw what his students could achieve at their age, he was always joyful.

He encouraged the students who thought they were not intelligent, to try ASITEC for they could be more talented in hand work without having the opportunity to make use of it.

He finally pleaded with well meaning individuals who wished to invest in education to help the young ones by paying their school fees for the indigent ones who were however willing to learn.

He appealed to the public to assist the school to achieve its vision of having enough school buildings and basic needs for the students.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Mr. Ifediata E. Joseph (School Principal), thanked the Bishop of Awka Diocese and  proprietor His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, for being there for the school the Adazi education secretary, Rev. Fr. Felix Nwosu and Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Okafor, the parish priest of All Saints Parish, Awgbu, for their various contributions to the growth of the school.

He disclosed that the school had recorded what he described as tremendous achievements within the state and beyond. They include the ongoing construction of the main building which is at advanced stage; a functional borehole and the approval by the Anambra State Ministry of Education for the conduct of Basic Education Certificate Examination, BECE, and the upgrading of the school to operate Senior Secondary School curricula.

The school principal also added that there were still more pressing needs of the school which included completion of the main building, machines/tools/accessories in fabrication and welding, computers, printers, desktops and photocopying machines. Others included a school bus, perimeter fencing of the school, scholarship awards for the students and others.

Among those who honoured the event were:

Hon. Okwudili Nwankwo (Representing Orumba North and South), who was represented by Hon. Obinna Okechukwu; Hon. Ernest Ezeajughi (Chief of staff Anambra State); Hon. ThankGod Ibe-Ezeabunafo; Rev. Fr. Chimezie Cyprian (Parish Priest St. Theresa’s Parish Awgbu);  Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Okoye, SAC, among others.