Ondo Muslim Community Fumes Over Return of Schools to Missionaries, Threatens Legal Action


Members of the Muslim community in Ondo State have condemned  the return of some  schools to faith based organisations, saying  the action is fraud of the century.

Already, the state government has agreed to return  four schools to the original owners.

A committee  set up by the state government is visiting the schools to be returned to their owners.

The committee is led by the state commisoner for education, Pastor Femi  Agagu.

But the Muslim community at a press conference held at the NUJ press center in Akure, urged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu not to return schools  to the missionaries.

The  Secretary of the League of Imams and Alfas Ondo State, Abdulrasheed Akerele  who spoke on their behalf , said returning schools to the missionaries is illegal.

He said, “Ondo state government for the sake of posterity, the unborn generation, the development of the state and even for the sake of the traumatized and impoverished masses should not return schools to Faith Based Organisations.

“‘This is because of its daring consequences as more children will be thrown out of schools because  their parents would definitely not be able to afford the fees that will be imposed by such organisations.

“Returning of schools to FBO’s will be the fraud of the century because this is simply handing over public properties to Private  business orientated individuals in the name of FBO’S”.

He threatened  that the Muslim community will be forced to  go to court if the state government fails to rescind its decision to return some schools to their missionary proprietors.


The state government had last
month named the schools to be returned to their original owners to include St Thomas Aquinas College, St. Louis Girls Grammar School, Akure and two primary schools.


The Muslim group advised government to rather build more schools and improve on the existing ones.