Ogun State’s Christian leaders have accused the government of failing to improve the nation’s educational system.
According to The PUNCH, they stated that as soon as the government gained control of the schools from their original owners, according to the religious leaders, the quality of instruction began to decline.
Speaking on behalf of other clerics, the Bishop of Egba Anglican Communion, Emmanuel Adekunle, stated this at a news conference to commemorate the 180th celebration of the coming of Christian missionaries to Abeokuta, who brought the gospel to the ancient city.
To preserve the industry, the bishop suggested that the government hand over the schools to their original proprietors.
Adekunle also advocated for the establishment of a Ministry of Religious Affairs, stating that religious organizations, which he said have been ignored, introduced education to the country.
He stated that under the envisaged ministry, each religious group’s doctrines would be known, monitored, and administered jointly.
He said, “Having observed that since the government’s takeover of schools from its original owners, the standard of education has failed and quality of products from these schools has lowered.
“It is, therefore, important to recommend that to restore the standard of education nationwide, government should hand over mission schools to their original owners.
“Moreover, the government should create a Ministry of Religious Affairs, just as there is a Ministry of Education. Reason is that education was introduced to the country by religious organisations, but the same organisation that brought in education has been so ruthlessly neglected.
“Through a ministry of religious affairs, religious doctrines of each religious group will be known, monitored and run jointly by the ministry.
“In the early days of Christianity in Nigeria, it was not difficult for the church to acquire free land for their developmental projects. Today, things have changed, it is now hard to obtain free land.”