The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi,
has called on the government to return
schools to their original owners in order to
ensure efficient management of the
institutions and improve on the quality of
education in the country.
He said the sign that public schools,
especially those established by
missionaries, had lost their sparkle, was
evident in the fact that none of those who
graduated from those schools, wanted to
send their children to those schools today.
The Ooni believed the present state of the
schools that were taken over by
government in the mid-1970s had shown
that government lacked the financial
capacity to manage the schools and offer
quality education.
The call is coming at a time when the
action by the Oyo State Government to
involve private partnership in the
management of 31 out of 631 public
secondary schools in Oyo State, is
generating crisis.
Oba Ogunwusi, who spoke during the
inauguration of a N1bn Development Fund
for his alma mater, Loyola College,
Ibadan, in Ibadan on Sunday, lamented
the falling standard of education in the
South-West, but commended missionaries
for establishing the schools.
Present at the event were the Catholic
Archbishop of Ibadan Arch Diocese, Leke
Abegunrin; political economist, Prof. Pat
Utomi; Elejesi of Ijesi Ife, Oba Akintunde
Awosule; Alayemore of Ido Osun, Oba
Aderemi Adedapo, who accompanied Ooni
on the visit; and other important
dignitaries in education and other sectors.
Oba Ogunwusi stated, “I appreciate all the
discipline that we received as pupils of
Loyola College. God will continue to bless
the likes of Ven. Godwin Daramola, our
retired principal.
“I feel sad when I look at the school today
and see its ruins. I visited the school
shortly before I was enthroned as the
Ooni. We should always strive to nurture
our source; without the school, we will not
be where we are today.
“I will be one of the happiest men in the
world on the day the missionary schools
are returned to their owners. Today, we
cannot send our children to those schools
because the values have disappeared. Let
us bring back these schools and make
them the best again so that once again,
we can send our children back there.”
The Ooni, who listed his numerous prizes
for the school, said there was hope in
public schools system if the right
management was put in place.