4th June, 2011
It was jubilation galore in some schools in Ijebu-ode yesterday as students of some of the missionary schools earlier returned to their original owners heard that their schools have been acquired back by the state government.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the students could not hold back their joy as they were jubilated around their school premises.
Investigation revealed that the news was received as the students were about closing.
Some of the schools affected are Adeola Odutola College, Anglican Girls Grammar School and Our Lady of Apostle Secondary School all in Ijebu-Ode.
Speaking with our correspondet, some of the students expressed their minds over the development and thanked the new governor, Ibikunle Amosun for keeping to his electioneering promises.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the past administration led by Otunba Gbenga Daniel had returned all the schools belonging to the missionaries to their owners.
During his inaugural speech after his swearing-in ceremony in Abeokuta last Sunday, Amosun gave an assurance to the people of Ogun State that providing qualitative education would be part of his priority.
He also announced the government had taken back the schools with immediate effect.
It was gathered that some students withdrew from those schools due to the exorbitant fees that were imposed on them.
Some of the schools were collecting between N25,000 and N35,000 per term compared to N1,200 being paid in the government owned schools.
Some parents who spoke with our correspondent thanked the governor for beginning on this note and promised to support the government in its bid to restructure the state and take it back to the rightful place it belongs.
Meanwhile, the schools have commenced selling common entrance examination forms for the admission of new students into JSS1 classes.