The Catholic Bishop of Bauchi Diocese, Most Rev. Hilary Dachelem CMF has described the dearth of knowledge as a major challenge for development in the different aspects of life in the country, including the education sector. The bishop therefore stressed that all hands must therefore be on deck to address the issue with the utmost attention it requires. The bishop made this remark recently, while declaring open the Thomas Moore Institute of Technology, established by the diocese, in Wunti, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
According to Bishop Dachelem, the institute is a child of necessity and a product of research conducted after he was installed as the Bishop of the diocese. He added that a workshop was organised with a view to identifying grey areas which needed immediate attention and lack of education was acknowledged to be the bane behind the lack of development in the diocese.
The bishop further explained that the institute will be different from other tertiary intuitions in the country as it will ensure that graduates from the school are well grounded in various areas of endeavours and will be self-reliant. He added that the institute will be concerned with the development of youths and women as “the youth have a lot of positive energy which if not properly harnessed, will be detrimental to the society”.
Bishop Dachelem emphasized that the Thomas Moore Institute will focus more on the development of character, morality and inner transformation of students not just the conventional type of education.
He also used the occasion to recognize the giant strides of his predecessors in developing the diocese, noting that; “considering the peculiar situation of the diocese, they gave their all for the diocese to be where it is today”. He appreciated the priests and faithful of the diocese for the zeal and commitment they have shown towards work since he assumed office.
In his welcome address, the Rector of the institution, Rev. Fr. Job Zirra applauded the Bishop for his commitment towards the actualization of the institute. He appreciated the bishop for opening the institute with the Mass of the Holy Spirit and appreciated all those who graced the occasion.
Earlier in his homily at the opening Mass, Bishop Dachelem called on students of the Institute to shun vices and imbibe the basic tenets of honesty and hard work as these will help mould their characters and enable them to face the world, later in life. He enjoined them to concentrate on why they are in the school so that they can be self-reliant on completion of their studies.
Decrying government’s inability to provide jobs for the teeming youths who graduate from tertiary institutions of learning yearly, in the country, Bishop Dachelem told the students that acquiring skills will empower them to be independent and not beg from anyone or wait for employment by government. He expressed the optimism that the Thomas Moore institute will produce sound graduates who will rise up from being technically proficient to being technocrats.
Story by Beatrice Earland
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