'Makinde will not return mission schools to original owners'

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

By David Adeoye

The Oyo State Government has dismissed insinuations that Governor Seyi Makinde has approved return of schools previously owned by religious organisations and individuals but take over by government many years ago to their original owners.

Oyo Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Abdulrahman Abduraheem said this in a statement while dismissing insinuations that the state government indicated its readiness “to return schools to their original owners.

According to him, recently Gov. Seyi Makinde spoke about ownership of schools at the Loyola College during the commissioning of a Hall named after the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu.

“At that event, Makinde only advised members of the Old Students Association to direct their request to the Ministry of Education for necessary engagement.

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“He did not give any directive on the return of the school or any school, whatsoever.

“It is true that the state government has developed a proof of agreement with the Incorporated Trustees of Government College Old Boys Association.

“But that does not in anyway 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.” the commissioner said

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