Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Monday returned Christ’s School, Ado- Ekiti to its original owner, the Anglican Communion.
He said the action would assist in relieving the government’s financial burden, especially at a time when the state is not financially buoyant.
Fayemi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) returning the school to the Anglican Communion on Monday.
He said the handing over would also provide a template for subsequent release of other schools, whose owners have indicated interest in having them back.
The brief ceremony, held at the Governor’s Office, was witnessed by the Bishop of Anglican Communion, Ekiti Diocese, Rt. Revd. Christopher Omotunde, leaders of the church and representatives of the alumni association of the 86-year-old school.
The governor also emphasized that the return of mission schools would help in building a future generation of value-driven and morally-sound individuals.
The governor, who reiterated his administration’s commitment to engaging positively with missions that desire to take over their schools, hoped that the school would assist the present administration in achieving “its policy thrust of reclaiming our land and restoring our values as Ekitis”.
“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 has been achieved. Ours will not be the first time such a consummation will take place between governments and missionary bodies. Other states like Anambra, Lagos and Enugu had done similarly in the past,” he said.
The Bishop of Ekiti Anglican Diocese, Rt. Rev. Christopher Omotunde, hailed the government’s decision on mission schools.
He praised Governor Fayemi for making good his promise to return mission schools to their original owners.
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