As the Anglican church of Ekiti State celebrates its 50 years anniversary,
The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Ekiti , Most Rev Christopher
Omotunde, has called on the Ekiti State government to without delay
return schools established by the Church to it for effective
management and to boost the standard of education in the state.
The Bishop who describing the taking over of the schools by government
as ‘a robbery action’, pointed out that the decadence and nosedived
standard in the quality of education being witnessed in the country
could have been averted , if the schools were still under the
management of the churches.
Addressing a press conference in Ado Ekiti as part of the weeklong
activities heralding the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the diocese, the
Bishop said the church will also use the anniversary to immortalize the late
Primate of the Anglican Communion and indigene of Odo Owa Ekiti, Most
Rev Abiodun Adetiloye and other Bishops that had superintended over
the diocese, for their contributions and sacrifices .
Speaking further, the Bishop specifically urged Fayose to without further delay
return schools established by Anglican church to it for effective
management, pointing out that “Government acted like armed robbers
by taking over schools they didn’t know the vision behind its establishment. It was
sad that the government In Nigeria, governments are bad managers and
you can see the damage they have done to schools established by
missionaries across Nigeria.
“Former Governor Kayode Fayemi wrote to us on the need to take over
some schools and we replied back and indicated our intention to take
over some schools , but the process never reached the advanced stage
till the expiration of his tenure. We have taken another bold steps
and we believe it will yield result under the present government”.
Omotunde who lamented how the facilities at the Ile Abiye hospital
established by the church in Ado Ekiti to enhance quality healthcare
delivery at affordable rate were allegedly looted and taken to
Ekiti State Specialists Hospital ( now Ekiti State University
Teaching Hospital), added that this further confirmed how destructive the
government could be.
The Bishop also warned the Christians’ Association of Nigeria(CAN)
against unnecessary conviviality with politicians , saying the
association is an organization set up to propagate the ideals of unity
and spiritual growth of Christians and it should not deviate from
The Cleric however disclosed that the diocese has made tremendous
impacts in the spiritual lives of Ekiti people since its creation in 1966
by establishing many churches and school of Science and Technology
as well as Youth Skills Development centre to build human capacity.
The cleric said the church is presently venturing into Estate
developing business being part of the efforts to boost the economy of
the state and make the church self-sustaining .