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.