VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER | Catholic Institute of Development Justice and Peace




Name:        Vocational Technical Training Center, VTTC.
Slogan:        Olu-Aka Di Mma.
Date of establishment:     2002.
Status:     A Vocational Technical Training Centre.
Motto:      Self Reliance for all the Youths.
Corporate Parent:      Catholic Institute for Development Justice, Peace and Caritas (CIDJAP).
Foreign Partners:          Misereor and Fidesco.
Founder:                       Very Rev. Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike.
Director:                        Rev. Fr. Dr. Chinedu Odinkemelu Anieke.
Vision:          To be the best Vocational Technical Training Centre in Africa giving quality Technical Education with moral
                      Standards that has no equals; aimed at creating job opportunities for the youths and thus contribute to the                       Betterment of our society.
Mission:               Youth Development and empowerment through acquisition of skills.
Activity:               Technical Training, Moral Training and Technical and production activities. 
Office:                  Behind St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish Ogbete, Coal Camp, Enugu.
Postal Address:             P. O. Box 8106, Enugu.
Website:                        www.cidjap.org  then click VTTC.
E-mail:                           coluakadimma@cidjap.org, oluaka@yahoo.com
Telephone:                     08038793083, 0803676002


Vocational Technical Training Centre (Olu-Aka Di Mma), Coal Camp, Enugu is an arm of the Catholic Institute for Development Justice and Peace (CIDJAP). CIDJAP itself is a social organization of the Catholic Church committed to the implementation of Catholic social teaching, a non-governmental, non-profit, research and development organization.

VTTC, Olu-Aka Di Mma is the arm of CIDJAP that focuses on youth development through acquisition of skills.

It is clear that the major challenge facing the government, society and the church in Nigeria is unemployment. This has also continued to deteriorate on daily basis as more and more youths pass out from schools annually without hope of securing a job.

That was why in 2002 i.e. precisely sixteen years after the establishment of CIDJAP, it took a bold step to challenge this vise by establishing VTTC with the goal of empowering the youths through vocational training. The idea is to make them self reliant, self sustaining and also create employment opportunities for others and thus the slogan – Olu-Aka Di Mma.

To achieve the much we have, the founder/Director Very Rev. Prof. Monsignor Obiora Ike liaised with some foreign organizations which share the same idea. Notable among them are Fidesco and Misereor which through Hugo Oelz have been supporting the centre in terms of equipments and new project execution/expansion.


The following are the aims and objectives of the Centre:

  1. To present an enabling condition for development of manpower and skills.
  2. To train apprentices that will be self-reliant and self-sustaining.
  3. To establish a loan scheme where qualified apprentices could borrow money and start their own businesses.
  4. To provide tools and equipment loan bank.
  5. To expose modern technological methods to skilled craftsmen and artisans through workshops and seminars.
  6. To establish equipment/tools, machines adaptation centre.
  7. To adopt design, develop, construct and fabricate machines and equipment.
  8. To establish functional production industrial workshops to eventually sustain the institution.
  9. To make it possible for students of tertiary institutions namely, Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), GO University, etc to develop and produce their practical course work.
  10. To give young graduates of engineering technology opportunity of internship as a solid background for sound engineering foundation.
  11. To expose the centre to international standard.






Working status


Odoh Samuel


Full Time


Oledibe Eli

Production Manager Fabrication & Welding Dept.

Full Time


Ani Ebere


Full Time


Anidimma Chinekwu D

Accademic Supervisor

Full Time


Arum Angela

Auto Mechanic Secretary

Full Time


Ebiem Paulinus

H.O.D Fabrication & Welding

Full Time


Okpokpo Joseph

Technical Instructor

Full Time


Ezeugwu Gregory

H.O.D Electrical department

Part Time


Eze Simon

Day Watch man.

Full Time


Ahinze Boniface


Part Time


Okeke Chineze


Part Time


Ozochielo Obumneme

Aluminum Instructor

Full time


Igwe Nnenna


Part time


Agu Emeka

Technical Instructor

Full time


Anaegbu Augustine

Technical Instructor

Full time


 Okereke Kenechukwu

Technical Instructor

Full time





The following training programmes that are available in the centre:


Training Programmes




Regular Training

School leavers/
Drop outs


3 years


Practical Training for

All Categories


2 - 6 years


Practical Training for non engineering  graduates.

Bsc. holders


6 months – 2 years.


Practical Training for
graduate engineers.

OND, HND & Bsc
Holders of related
Engineering fields.


6 months – 1 years


Industrial Training (IT)

All Categories

6 months – 1 year.


Other Special Training

All Categories

To be arranged.

No of Apprentices/ Youths Trained since 2002


Type of Training

No. that Benefited


Regular Training



Practical Training for artisans.



Practical Training for non engineering graduates.



Practical Training for graduate



Industrial Training Programme



Other Special Training
(Holiday Programme)



  1. Fabrication/Welding Department.
  2. Mechanical Engineering Craft Department.
  3. Electrical Department.
  4. Automobile Engineering craft Department.



The centre in order to sustain itself, engages in production services which ranges from:

  1. Metal doors and windows/hand rails and protectors for churches, halls, flats etc.
  2. Over head tank stand/metal tanks for communities and individuals.
  3. Metal roofing for churches and big industries.
  4. Desks, lockers, tables and chairs for schools, institutions and individuals.
  5. Roller/swing gates for general purpose.
  6. Fabrication of Agricultural Processing Machines.
  7. Machining of component parts for other machines – gears, shafts, sprockets, bushings, sleeves, hinges, etc.
  8. Repair/maintenance of industrial machines.
  9. Repair/maintenance of Automotives – cars, buses, etc.
  10. Repair/maintenance of household electrical equipments.
  11. Electrical wiring of churches, halls, and domestic buildings.
  12. Industrial installation/repairs
  13. General Consultancy services in engineering.


  •     Procurement of tools/equipments for;-
  • Welding and fabrication department
  • Mechanical engineering craft
  • Electrical installation and maintenance department
  •  Automobile department
  • Procurement and Maintenance of rain harvester/reservoir.
  •   Establishment of Aluminum fabrication session.
  •   Provision of temporal paint house.
  •   Provision of official car for the co-ordinator.
  •   Provision of  VTTC new hostel for trainees
  • Provision of separate kitchen for VTTC hostel occupants


  • Provision of sanitary facilities
  • Establishment of wood work department
  • Provision of Electrical transformer
  • Provision of staff quarters


  • Provision of new VTTC Hostel.

Note: The above projects were handled and also financed  by Engr. Hugo Oelz



Challenges and proffered solution

  • Finance: one of the major challenges facing the entire centre is finance. The major source of income has been the production works. There is a need for the centre to have other source of income if she must be self sustaining.
  • Technical man power: it has not been easy to recruit maintain our technical staff. Even those training in the centre usually leaves for a better pay in other local industries. Thus, better working conditions is required to retain such staff
  • Inadequate number of staff: considering the dual activities of the centre, more staff is supposed to be employed to ensure a maximum output.



VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTRE, OLU AKA DI MMA coal camp Enugu, (a project of Catholic Diocese of Enugu and managed by CIDJAP) shall admit and train youth interested in welding and fabrication, metal machining, electrical installation and Automobile engineering craft practice  for 2017/2018 academic  session.
Rush now for your form at the CENTRE or at CIDJAP – Zik Avenue, Uwani Enugu with N1,5000.00 only.

For more enquires, call Sam Odoh on 08038793083, Goddy Ike on   08036760022, Fr. Aloysius Agu on 08063962713 or Chinekwu Anidimma on 07030894423


Towards the empowerment of the youths to discover innate gifts and talents that would have been dimmed by financial impoverishment of their families, CIDJAP pushes youths to their potentials in upholding the philosophy that self-help is best help.

In an effort therefore to enhance vocational and skill acquisition training, the Institute established training centres for young boys and girls namely, Oluaka Di Mma Vocational and Industrial Technical Training Centre (VITTC), Coal Camp, Enugu and the Nazareth Skills and Vocational Training Centre, Ogbete, Enugu, to provide sustainable self employment to the youths.

The Oluaka Di Mma Vocational and Industrial Technical Training Centre (VITTC) trains and offers services in auto mechanic, welding and fabrication, metal works, electrical installation and aluminum construction.

The Nazareth Skills Centre whose gigantic building was constructed and equipped by CIDJAP was established to provide training to young girls towards self-reliant and sustainable employment has since its founding in 1992 trained and graduated several young girls in the following fields;

  • Computer and Secretarial Studies
  • Tailoring and Fashion Designing
  • Soap and Pomade making
  • Domestic Training
  • Accounting
  • Career and Skill Development
  • Moral education
  • Cosmetology

The Centre is residential and the young girls trained in diverse skills for dignified livelihood and sustainable existence, upon the completion of their two-year practical and theoretical training, the one-year industrial training, and armed with the Center's certificate and the certificate of the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) as well as the West African Hygiene Education Board (WAHEB), engage in paid jobs in parts of Nigeria, or self-employed enterprises, or even gain admission into the tertiary institutions.

The centre is managed by the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, the Catholic Women Organisation and the Institute and serves as a centre for the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTED) and the students have been recording successes in the external examination.

The Father Gregory Ogbonna Memorial Vocational Centre Okpatu, the Ave Maria Vocational Centre Ngwo, and the St. Marks Vocational Centre Umana-Ndiagu was also equipped by the institute.

VITTC 2013 Updates

Within the project year ended, VITTC launched her state-of-the-art automobile section. The unit was to take care of all forms of motor mechanic works and repairs. The opening of this unit made a landmark for the center as it was the first of its kind in the State.

Other units of the center have also functioned creditably well and added value to the name of the centre. Since inception, the centre has trained over 378 young men and women in their formalized areas of expertise.

The key challenge of this centre is more equipments for spreading of their areas of enterprise so as to meet up with more opportunities to add value to lives and the society.

Entrepreneurial Leadership for SME's

The need for well trained entrepreneurs is the catalyst for a stable economy. Entrepreneurs often are persons whose performance in the public and private sector of an economy like Nigeria balances the gaps between government and non governmental activities. Through their engagement as leadership agents in society, Self reliant businesses are enhanced; skills acquisition is promoted and small and medium scale entrepreneurs given access to training and financial capital for their businesses.

CIDJAP founded the Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs and Training Association (SEPTA) in 1993 which membership is over 200 entrepreneurs in various business concerns in Nigeria. The SEPTA is a registered entity under Nigerian laws and its members carry out serious businesses as an organization with CIDJAP support.

CIDJAP also formed the Grassroots Women Empowerment and Development Education (GEWEDE) in 1996 which has currently over 5,000 members (all female entrepreneurs) and spread over the rural and urban areas of Nigeria, especially in the south East. These two organizations meet regularly and under CIDJAP have been trained and networked to institutions, firms, market linkages and banks for mutual benefit.

The foundation by CIDJAP of the Vocational Industrial Technical Training Centre (VITTC) at Coal Camp Enugu in 1996, funded by the European Union, the UNDP and the Rhein Donau Foundation, Germany with support from FIDESCO Austria has made it possible for over 1,000 young men and women to receive training in practical fields of wielding, electrical wiring, plumbing, design, mechanics and various automobile and water management techniques.

For the entrepreneurial development of Women in Nigeria, CIDJAP co-founded the Nazareth Skills Center at Coal camp Enugu to empower young women to obtain skills for self reliance and better their lives. Since 1990, the Center has trained out over 1,500 graduands who are gainfully employed or have started their own projects.

The CIDJAP which runs the Small Projects Fund to access and train small lenders and businesses to create wealth and become self reliant has also co founded the establishment of a reputable and leading Micro Finance Bank, the Umuchinemere Micro-Finance Procredit Bank (UPMFB Ltd) in Enugu, Nigeria as a leading shareholder.

The business started in 1995 as a Community Bank for the purposes of granting revolving loans and financial services to entrepreneurs has an asset base of over 2 billion Naira and has been generally awarded prizes from the Central Bank of Nigeria and other leading financial service providers for best practices and poverty reduction. The linkage between this bank and the various projects for entrepreneurial support, training and leadership promotion is best in class.

Together with the Growing Businesses Foundation, (GBF) Lagos, CIDJAP founded the Micro Enterprise development Co-operation (MDC) in year 2001 which holds quarterly training programme for selected participants from various NGO's; entrepreneurs, the larger society and centers of practical training for unemployed youth.

The MDC has held over 100 training programmes over the last ten years on decentralized economic development, governance, technology, environment, water resources and agriculture, skills acquisition techniques, marketing and market linkages, sustainable development and economic transformation for businesses and practitioners in Nigeria.

These trainings have received technical and funding support from governments within Nigeria, international donor support, Foundations and the local partners at CIDJAP with several publications of its activities.

Pictures speak

Mental and physical training activities of the centre in the year 2016.