National Confab asks govt to return mission schools to owners

The National Conference has urged various state governments to return all schools, which were taken over from missionaries by the government, about 42 years ago.

Delegates voted in favour of a recommendation asking the various state governments to return the mission schools to their original owners.

The decision came amidst a controversy over the circumstances that led to the takeover of these schools, during a debate at the plenary on the conference Committee on Social Sector, chaired by Mrs Josephine Anenih.

A former Minister of Education, Professor Jubril  who justified the policy of taking over of the schools by the government said the missionaries were paid  compensation by General Yakubu Gowon-led regime at that time and that there was  no reason for their return.

According to him, since the schools  were taken over about four decades  ago, the institutions have stayed longer in the hands of government than it ever stayed in the hands of their original owners.

Aminu explained that there were several reasons why government chose to take over the schools.

According to him, besides  the  political reasons, the schools were taken over because there were discriminations  in  their admission policies.

Former  governor of  the defunct North Western State, Mr Usman Farouk  said the school  were taken over  because they were abandoned during the  civil war as their owners had  deserted  the northern region.

Farouk  said that  compensation were paid to the owners of the schools in the then Northern region.

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