The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Martins, has asked the federal and state governments to return missionary schools to their original owners.
Martins, at the 30th anniversary of Jesuit Education, on Saturday in Lagos said retuning missionary schools would be the best for the education system in the country.
He said, ‘In Kwara State, I understand the school crisis did start because the Christians asked that there schools be handed back to them. And rather than the judgement being given on that particular issue, the judgement is now being given on an extraneous matter to the issue which is now creating the problem.
“I certainly believe that if the schools were handed back to the original owners, the kind of values that we used to have that were so present in children that pass through our schools will be restored. Look at the schools that have been returned to the owners in Lagos State for example, we can see the difference in the schools that were handed over compared with the way they were before. One can only hope that the government of Kwara state will recognise the fact that it cannot do it alone.”
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos also said it was unfortunate that kidnappers were targeting school children.
“Kidnapping is certainly a terrible dimension of the general insecurity in the land. That it goes on at all is an indication of the failure security agencies that we have in the country. One just hopes that as we have new men who are in charge of the security, we hope that this will make a difference to the whole security situation in our country,” Martins said.
He added that the 30th anniversary of Jesuit Colleges was worth celebrating as the schools had impacted the country’s education system positively.