Oyo state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has explained why his administration has shunned the return of schools to missions, saying that it has become a contentious issue among adherents of both religions.
According to him, the return of mission schools had become so contentious that any attempt by government to please one religion could set it against another.
He charged religious organisations to continue to partner with his administration in the establishment of more schools in the state.
Governor Ajimobi said government alone could not shoulder the responsibilities of funding education, stressing that partnering religious organisations would further enhance government’s efforts at improving the standard of education in the state.
He emphasised the need for people in positions of authority to always fulfill their promises to the people and show love to their neighbours in conformity with the religious injunctions.
In his remarks, the Archbishop of Ibadan Methodist Archdiocese, Most Reverend Kehinde Stephen enjoined the governor to intensity efforts in his transformation agenda.
He commended the construction of quality road network and the improved environmental condition of Ibadan, the state capital which he said, had continued to attract more investors into the state.
“I was one of those who used to describe Ibadan as the dirtiest city before, but I want to say confidently that since you arrived, the transformation of the environment has been very obvious.
“You have set the pace in areas that we had thought would never be possible. The entire Ibadan is now becoming green and beautiful; people are now coming to invest in Oyo State,” he said.