Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi, declared on monday that his administration had commenced the return of mission schools to their original owners.
Fayemi, while he was returning Christ’s school to the Anglican Communion, said that returning those schools back to their original owners was in line with fulfilling his pledge which he made when he was contesting for governor.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Fayemi had earlier signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the return of the school to the Anglican Communion.
The ceremony, which took place at the Governor’s Office, was witnessed by the Bishop of Anglican Communion, Ekiti Diocese, Rt. Revd. Christopher Omotunde, some leaders of the church and representatives of the alumni association of the 86-year-old school, Vanguard reports.
The governor believes that the handing over would help in building a future generation of value-driven and morally-sound individuals, and also reduce the financial burdens which the government incurs while administering those schools.
Governor Fayemi said;
“What we are witnessing today is a culmination of a process which began during our first term in office to return schools belonging to mission bodies to their original owners.
“I am delighted that the final consummation of the release of Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti has been achieved.
“Our state is not the first to consummate such an arrangement between the government and missionary bodies. Other states like Anambra, Lagos and Enugu had done similar things in the past,”.
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Bishop Omotunde, who was also present at the ceremony, commended the governor for fulfilling his promise.
“you actually initiated the idea of returning mission schools to their original owners during your first term in office.
“We are happy that you are here today fulfilling that promise with the return of Christ’s School to the Anglican Church,” he said.