20th February, 2021
The Kwara State Government has ordered the immediate closure of some grant-aided schools in Ilorin pending the resolution of the controversy surrounding the use of Hijab in the affected schools.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the affected schools include Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) College, Sabo Oke; St. Anthony College, Offa Road; ECWA School, Oja Iya; Surulere Baptist Secondary School and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.
Also affected are CAC Secondary School, Asa Dam; St. Barnabas Secondary School, Sabo Oke; St. John’s School, Maraba; St. Williams Secondary School, Taiwo Isale and St. James Secondary School, Maraba.
The Permanent Secretary said a government committee comprising representatives of the Muslim and Christian communities would meet to iron out the differences between the two religious communities.
“Government calls for calm and urges parents and religious leaders to avoid actions or comments that may further split the two communities,’’ Adeosun stated.
The, former Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kwara state chapter, Olusola Ajolore has criticised this, questioning the rationale for the closure after a very long time at home due to the COVID-19 lock-down.
The ban on the use of Hijab in some missionary secondary schools in Kwara has dominated public discourse in the state lately.