Nigeria – Bus donation coordinated by Salesian Missions ensures student transportation for school events and activities

24 October 2017

(ANS – Ondo) – “John Bosco Institute of Technology” in Ondo, Nigeria, has a new school bus thanks to a donation from “Stocker Bus Co” in Newton, N.J. Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, secured the donation and shipped it to the Salesian school. The bus will be used for transport for student activities and sports competitions. The staff and students at the school are very grateful for the new transportation.

“I wish to express our sincere appreciation to Salesian Missions and the donor for the donation of the school bus to our community,” says Father Eric Akinboboye, a Salesian priest in the Ondo community. “The gift will go a long way to easing the stress our students go through in planning for their excursions and sports competitions. We assure you that we will make good use of this bus and are appreciative of the support.”

John Bosco Institute of Technology was established in 1987; since, more than 2,000 students have graduated from the school. Today, 400 students are taking courses in mechanical engineering, wood and aluminum technology, automotive engineering, electrical installation, business administration, computer science and technology, and event management and decoration. The young people at the John Bosco Institute of Technology are learning important skills and trades in order to be prepared for the workforce.

Donations like the bus help ensure students are able to take full advantage of everything offered at the school, including academic competitions at other schools, peer-to-peer activities and sporting events. These help students have a well-rounded school experience, while learning important life skills.

“We are very grateful for the school bus. It will allow us to get to other venues to participate in school events and more easily plan for school activities outside of the school campus. We are thankful to the donors and everyone who made this possible,” says Akinruli Philip, a 19-year-old mechanical engineering student at John Bosco Institute of Technology.

According to UNICEF, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and the ninth most populous country in the world. With an estimated population of 150 million, one in every five Africans is a Nigerian. While Nigeria has the second strongest economy in Africa, it also has extreme rates of poverty with 100 million people living on less than $1 a day. Nigeria also has roughly 3.5 million people infected with HIV, 1.5 million of its residents requiring antiretroviral therapy treatment, 1.8 million AIDS orphans, and more than 200,000 deaths each year from HIV/AIDS-related complications.

Source: Mission Newswire


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