Oyo state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Abdulrahman Abduraheem, Sunday, said the state is not planning to return schools in the state to their original owners.
Abdulraheem in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan said there was nothing like the state government returning some schools to their original owners, be they missionaries or individuals.
He stated that Oyo state government, “at no time indicated its readiness to return schools to their original owners”, adding, that the recent event where Governor Seyi Makinde spoke about ownership of schools was at Loyola College during the commissioning of a hall named after the Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, where he only advised members of the Old Students Association to direct their request to the Ministry of Education.
“There is clearly no truth to the story making the rounds that the government of Oyo state was about to return schools to their original owners. The state government does not have such intention and there was nowhere Governor Seyi Makinde made that statement,” he said.
He added, “For the avoidance of doubt, the governor was confronted about a possible return of the Loyola College, Ibadan, to the Old Students Association and he asked the association to direct its request to the Ministry of Education for necessary engagement.”