…Youths Charged to be worthy in character and learning
By Mercy Hill
St. John's Vocational and Technical Institute, Neni, Anaocha LGA of Anambra State, October 31, opened her 2018/2019 Academic Session, as well as the welcoming of a new Associate Director, Rev. Fr. Raymond Umennajiuba.
The Catholic owned Institute, co-managed by Rev. Fr. Enyosiobi Francis Michael, (Fr. Jesu Nwanna), offers a two-year technical and vocational training to people, majoring in cosmetology, fashion and designing, catering, among others.
The inaugural ceremony, which was proceeded by a concelebrated Holy Mass, attracted the crème de la crème in the academia, political and religious fields, including priests in and outside the Awka Diocese, as well as dignitaries like Oseloka Henry Obaze, Prof. Chinyere Okunna, among others.
In his homily, Rev. Fr. Damian Ogwata, said youths should imbibe time management and good attitude to work, thereby encouraging their tutors to do better. He urged their tutors to shun all sorts of indoctrination and impart the right values to their students.
Speaking during the opening speech, Rev. Fr. Enyosiobi, representing the governing board, management, staff and students of the institute, appreciated all present at the occasion, especially the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi; Mr. Oseloka Obaze and Mrs Stella Okunna, whom he described as a team that saw to the execution of the gigantic auditorium/school complex, provision of a 30 KVA generator, to pump the school's 750ft deep borehole in 2013, laptops, a bus and other support during the Peter Obi Administration.
He also commended the Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Paulinus Ezeokafor, and his Auxiliary, Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye, for their moral support to the institution and officially welcomed Fr. Raymond Umennajiuba who he described as a gift to the institute.
He also announced that the institute had gotten approval from all federal bodies, including National Board for Technical Education, Kaduna; Federal Ministry of Education; Federal Ministry of Science and Technology; Federal Ministry of Justice; and the Corporate Affairs Commission. In his words, 'We are now ripe to answer St. John Innovation Institute of Management and Technology.'
In his remarks, Obaze admonished youths to be at all times found worthy, both in character and learning, having in mind that the future of their families, community, state and nation lay in their hands.
Contributing, Prof (Mrs) Stella Okunna, urged the students to uphold discipline and hard work, even as she advised them to imbibe the SWOT analysis in order to enable them to analyze and prepare themselves for the future.
She said that good education and opportunities without good attitude were dangerous and futile.
Speaker after speaker, including Fr. Jude Onnebunne, who read the citation on Peter Obi's life and works, harped on the need to embrace discipline and integrity, which, he said, was rare among politicians, but quite evident in Mr. Peter Obi.
In his vote of thanks, Fr. FrancisMichael appreciated all for their presence and contributions to making the event a success, while he solicited for more support from all quarters to facilitate the completion of the auditorium/school complex. He said that education could not thrive without support.
Speaking to Fides, the new Associate Director, Fr. Raymond Umennajiuba, expressed gratitude to God and the management of the school for their warm reception and pledged to contribute positively to more transformation and growth of the school.
The highpoint of the event was the dedication of a book authored by one of the students, Miss Assumpta Ezeugo, who had written two books titled: ''The Disobedient Child'' and ''The Chosen King''.