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Monday, 21 October 2013

Osun Govt, CAN Reach Truce Over Education Policy

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the government of Osun State have reached a truce over schools re-classification in the state that has strained relationship between the Christian body and the government.
The truce was reached after a closed door meeting attended by the governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his deputy, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori; some executive members and the newly-sworn-in CAN executives led by its chairman, Elisha Ogundiya.
At the meeting, Governor Aregbesola allayed the fear of the religious body who had in the past accused the governor of planning to Islamize the state, saying government had no hidden agenda in the execution of its policies.
The governor noted that his government has always involved all social religious and political organisations and engage in broad discussion with all stakeholders on every policy of government.
He attributed the misunderstanding between government and CAN arising from the school re-classification to information gap.
CAN had protested the merger of some same-s*x schools with mixed ones, saying such much would defeat the heritage and religious tradition underlining the establishment of schools.
The Christian body had also expressed anxiety over the reclassification of schools, saying it would deprive Christians of some of their schools.
CAN therefore appealed to the government to find a middle of the road approach to the ongoing merger so that the heritage of the founding fathers of the affected schools would not be wished away.
CAN also demanded further explanations from the government on the recent Sukuk Bond sourced from the capital market.


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