. . . The Institute has produced over 3000 skilled entrepreneurs - Fr. FrancisMichael Enyiosiobi
By Uchechukwu Enem and Mercy Hill
St. John Vocational & Technical Institute recently celebrated 108 students during her 12th matriculation ceremony on 30th June 2019. The matriculation ceremony of the 2019/2020 academic session which had dignitaries, parents and academicians was preceded by a Holy Mass celebration led by the Vice Rector of the institute, Rev. Fr. Raymond Umunnajiuba.
Delivering the homily, the Rector of the Institute, Rev. Fr. Francis Enyiosiobi, charged the students to be focused in whatever positive thing they do, adding that the disciples of Christ were focused and steadfast in the carrying out their pastoral duties. He urged Christians to shun all forms of distractions and retain the spotlight through reflecting on the true nature of Christ.
The Rector explained true Christianity and encouraged the matriculating students to deviate from having the traits and characteristics of the Pharisees. He encouraged them to put on the garment of firmness so as to avoid falling into temptation. He narrated how the institute had produced over 3000 productive entrepreneurs as he advised the students to fully utilize the skill acquisition programmes in building their self independence and achieving greater heights.
At the reception, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Ellis Idemobi (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Chukwuemeka Odumegu Ojukwu University, Igbariam) and the Registrar, Jude Dike, led in the oath taking of the matriculating students. In his speech, Prof Idemobi, welcomed all at the event and thanked God for those who have assisted in supporting the institute so far. Using his life experience as an entrepreneur trainer, he told the students of their significance on the Nigeria economy. He reminded them that they were creators of employment and, therefore, they are problem solvers to the bad Nigeria economy.
Prof Idemobi, further noted that the state government was committed to making available schemes that would help vocational trainees start up their own enterprises. He promised to create a link between the Institute and the State government, to raise funds that will support graduating students of the institute.