Oyo: Makinde govt clears air on returning some missionary schools to original owners
The Oyo State Government has disclosed that there is no plan to return some schools to missionaries or individuals.
The State’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Abdulrahman Abduraheem, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Ibadan.
AbdulRaheem was reacting to insinuations that the Oyo government indicated its readiness “to return schools to their original owners.
According to him, recently, Governor Seyi Makinde spoke about ownership of schools at the Loyola College during the commissioning of a Hall named after the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
He said, “At that event, Gov. Makinde only advised members of the Old Students Association to direct their request to the Ministry of Education for necessary engagement.
“He didn’t give any directive on the return of the school or any school whatsoever.
“It’s true that the state government has developed a proof of agreement with the Incorporated Trustees of Government College Old Boys Association.
“But that doesn’t in any way amount to a blanket return of all schools to their original owners.
“While the state government will not shy away from productive partnership with stakeholders in the education sector to support its policy of free and qualitative education.
“Government will not take any step capable of upsetting the cord of alliance already existing in a highly treasured sector like education.”