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Published On: Tue, Sep 17th, 2019

Fayemi hands over Christ’s School to Anglican Communion

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi has handed over Christ’s School, Ado- Ekiti to its original owner, the Anglican Communion, in fulfilment of the government’s pledge to return mission schools to their owners.

Fayemi, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) returning the school to the Anglican Communion yesterday, said the handing over would 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.

Dr. Fayemi stressed that the return of mission schools would help in building a future generation of value-driven and morally-sound individuals.

He said the action would assist in relieving government’s financial burden, especially at a time when the state is not financially buoyant.

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.

“You initiated the idea of returning mission schools to their original owners during your first term. We are happy that you are here today fulfilling that promise with the return of Christ’s School to the Anglican Church,” Rev. Omotunde said.

The cleric, who said Christ’s School had always been a model across the country, promised that the mission will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the school returns to its pride of place in Nigeria.

Dr. Odunayo Fagbeyiro, who represented Christ’s School Alumni and Bishop Omotunde signed the MoU on behalf of the Anglican Communion, while the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji and the state Attorney-General, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, signed on behalf of the state government.

 

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