Vocational Education Enhances People – Bishop Okoye

…Flags off Construction of Access Road, Landscaping at JIMATECH Neni

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

The Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Jonas Benson Okoye, has described vocational education as what enhances and enriches human persons the most.

Bishop Okoye stated this in his remarks when he flagged off the construction of access road and main avenue, as well as landscaping of the Catholic Diocese of Awka-owned St John Innovation Institute of Management and Technology (JIMATECH), Neni, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, last Monday, February 22.

According to the bishop, nothing enhanced, enriched and made people more fulfilled than vocational schools, such as the diocesan-owned JIMATECH. He encouraged the students to be diligent, believe in themselves and give their best to their vocational education so as to be self-reliant and employers of labour after their stay in the school.

Rector, JIMATECH, Rev Fr FrancisMichael Enyosiobi (3rd from right), presenting the master plan of the road and landscaping projects to the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Jonas Benson Okoye (4th from left). 2nd from left is the Deputy Rector, JIMATECH, Rev Fr Raymond Umennajiuba. The bishop is flanked on his right by a member of the Board of Directors, Rev Fr Charles Umeoji, and the Deputy Dean, Neni Deanery, Rev Fr Capt, Chris Aniukwu, St John Innovation Institute of Management and Technology, Neni, Feb 22, 2021.

The bishop, who cited cases of some university graduates who thereafter enrolled in vocational schools, said that was an indication that vocational education was the livewire of the current society.

According to him, people needed skills to survive in life and vocational education was of great importance to every individual.

Most Rev Okoye, who recalled that the students of the institution, especially those in the catering department, were employed in various areas from the point of their Industrial Training (IT), assured the students that they would not lack as long as they gave their best to their education.

The bishop said he was delighted to be part of the event and commended the rector of the institute, Rev Fr FrancisMichael Enyosiobi, for his insight, ingenuity and efforts in sustaining the vision for which the Catholic Diocese of Awka established the institute.

‘Fr Enyosiobi has great vision for JIMATECH. When I was in the institution, people said I worked hard. But in the current rector I have seen someone who is working hard in a superlative way,’ the auxiliary bishop said.

Bishop okoye, who revealed that he only ate St John’s Bread and used only the car wash made in the school, said he believed so much in JIMATECH.

He said the diocese might consider making it a law for St John Bread to be eaten in the diocesan-owned schools. According to him, the bread was made with the best and healthy ingredients.

Handing over the master plan of the road and landscaping projects to the bishop for the flag off ceremony, the Rector, JIMATECH, Rev Fr FrancisMichael Enyosiobi, recalled that the bishop, as pioneer director of the institution that was formerly St John Vocational Institute, Neni, had great passion for the institution.

The rector commended the school proprietor and founder of the institution, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, for support, and the anonymous sponsor of the project, for his goodwill.

Fides gathered that the road project, which included standard drainage systems, and was awarded to Paul-B Construction Ltd, had an anonymous donor as the sponsor.

Among those that graced the event were some members of the Board of Directors, who included the Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy, Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK), Rev Fr Charles Umeoji, and former President General, Ichida Progressive Union, Chief Joe Obiajulu.

Others were the Deputy Dean, Neni Deanery, Rev Fr Capt, Chris Aniukwu; Education Sec, Awka Region, Rev Fr Roland Victor Okoli and Director, CAPAD, Abagana, Rev Fr Jeremiah Ikezue , among others.

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