The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has officially signed a memorandum of understanding, paving way for the Catholic Mission in the state to take over four schools, that were initially established by them.
The state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Titiloye Charles confirmed the development in a post on his Facebook profile shared on Friday.
He wrote, “Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, reawakening morals, values, quality and sound foundational education in Ondo State.
“Ondo State Government signed memorandum of understanding to return Four (4) schools to the original owner, The Catholic Mission.”
The schools approved for return to the missionaries are: St Aquinas Catholic College, Akure. (ACA); St Louis Catholic secondary school, Ondo; Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Akure; St Patrick Catholic Primary School, Ondo.
It would be recalled that the Muslim Community in Ondo State, had in April, 2022 during a press conference rejected the move by the State Government to return some public schools to missionaries.
The Muslim Community had threatened to approach the court if such decision is taking by the state government, while describing the government’s move as wrong step towards a wrong direction.
Also, the Chief Imam of Akure, Alhaji AbdulHakeem Akorede in his Sallah message on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the Akure Eid Praying ground, said reactions from parents in the state, do not support the return of schools to missionaries.
Akorede added that government should take a survey on the matter from parents, and it would find out that the move to return schools to the missionaries is an unpopular step.