Since 1982 when the first Salesians stepped into Nigeria till date, the Salesians of Don Bosco have been studying the needs of children and young people in several parts of the country, listening and trying to read the ‘signs of time’ and intervening positively in their lives. Based on the philosophy of the organisation, which is working with and for young people, we believe firmly in the value of each person and making impacts in the development of youths especially through education, empowerment and skills training. With millions of children and young people living in extreme poverty, most of them abandoned, untrained and exploited, Nigeria has remained an active location for Salesian activities in order to give the vulnerable and disadvantaged young people hope for a better future.
Following the arrival of the first Salesians and realising the enormous work in Nigeria, the organisation has opened centres in 8 cities spread across the geopolitical zones of Nigeria;
• Akure in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria (1982)
• Ondo Town in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria (1982)
• Onitsha in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria (1988)
• Ibadan in Oyo State, southwest Nigeria (2002)
• Lagos State, southwest Nigeria (2011)
• Abuja, north central Nigeria (2013)
• Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria (2014)
• Koko in Kebbi State, northwest Nigeria (2014)
It must be noted that the Salesians of Don Bosco plan to spread to other locations in the very near future especially Edo State, Rivers State and Benue State.
In Nigeria, the Salesians of Don Bosco, as an organisation has made huge impact in its contribution to TVET development/promotion of skills acquisition, youth empowerment, girl-child education, provision of health to vulnerable groups, creating access to employment/jobs, rehabilitation of street children, social pastoral, education, community development, advocacy, assistance to children, youth & women at-risk and youth animation.
To achieve the mission of the organisation in Nigeria, the Salesians have established TVET centres in Ondo, Onitsha, Ijebu Ode and Koko Kebbi, health centre in Akure, Job Service Offices, Don Bosco Secondary School in Onitsha, Bosco Boys Home for street children in Ibadan and Lagos, Farm project in Sagamu and engaged in advocacy and awareness campaigns on HIV/AIDS, Pro-Life and the dangers of irregular migration and human trafficking. Through the Provincial Development Organism (PDO), the office responsible for all projects, the Salesians of Don Bosco have achieved laudable projects in Nigeria.