Ekiti returns 86-year old Christ’s school to Anglican Church
Ekiti State Government on Monday returned Christ School, Ado- Ekiti to its original owner, the Anglican Communion, in fulfilment of the government’s pledge to return all mission schools to their original owners.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) returning the school to the Anglican Communion, said the handing over of Christ’s School would provide a template for subsequent release of other schools whose owners have indicated interest in having them back.
The brief 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 years old school.
Dr Fayemi stated that the return of mission schools would help in building a future generation of values-driven and morally sound individuals.
He added that the return of the schools would equally assist in lightening the government’s financial burden, especially at a time when the government’s purse is lean.
The Governor who reiterated his administration’s commitment to engaging positively with missions that desire to take over their schools, expressed optimism that the returned 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, and 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.
In his remarks, the Bishop of Ekiti Anglican Diocese, Rt. Revd Omotunde, who hailed the government’s decision on mission schools, commended Governor Fayemi for making good his promise to return mission schools to original owners.