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Post  Admin on Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:56 pm

Oyo State governor, Christopher Alao-Akala, on Friday, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, said the state has now resolved to return schools taken over by previous governments in the state to their respective owners. He said this while delivering a speech during series of breakfast meetings held this year by the Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo.

The governor who expressed worry over the level of indiscipline, absence of religious and moral education, and shameless disregard for professional ethics by teachers in schools, said his government would have concluded the process of returning the schools "if not that a committee saddled with the responsibility frustrated us."

Guest speaker at the event, Dr. Victor Olunloyo, former governor of the state and two-time Commissioner for Education in the defunct Western State, criticised the decision of the Brigadier Oluwole Rotimi administration that took over the schools in 1975. He described the action as "thoughtless and a serious mistake." "The wrong advice," the former governor said, "has made the government a monopolist in the educational enterprise, whereas we need fair competition to progress in life."

Alao-Akala, praised the alumni of Olivet Baptist High School for its leadership role in the business of education in the state. He said the state government admired its proactive and peaceful approach to the idea of returning the schools to their former owners. This, he said, might be the model his government would recommend to other schools. He solemnly craved for ideas from all stakeholders of the schools affected in the state, because according to him, the matter demanded "more cohesive input from those affected and not strictly a decision of politicians."

Segun Amodu, president of Olivet Heights Alumni, said the idea of the meeting was to create a forum for sensitising old students on the current state of the school and to rally their support for the repair of the damage done to the school as a result of its take-over from its founders. In a speech punctuated with reminisce of the glorious times of the school, Amodu made a terse reference to the present sordid picture.

Said he: "collapse of school ethos and values, the attenuation of school tradition and morale, the ruination of infrastructure, the depletion of resources - financial and material..." He, however, proffered a solution for the restoration of a brand equity of the model high school. "We have to take stock of the current situation, share thoughts and exchange ideas and give something back to Olivet Heights," he said.

The event was attended among other dignitaries by Bayo Sanda, former manager, Nigerian Television Authority, Ibadan; Adisa Afonja, former Minister of Labour; Dr. Olu Ogunmola, provost Oyo State College of Education; Olayiwola Olakojo, secretary to Oyo State government; and A. B. Ojo, chief press secretary to the governor of Oyo State.


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