Anglican, Methodist churches sign pact to advance Igbobi College
The need to have an operating document for the smooth running of Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos, has prompted the convergence of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion and Methodist Church to sign the college’s governance Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The recently held event, described as historic by the churches also featured the signing of an education quality management plan between the college and its old students who were recognised as important stakeholders.
The signing, the parties agreed, will not only advance the cause of the college but would also ensure the effective take-off of the well-rounded operating manual.
Recall that the Lagos State government, under the leadership of Bola Tinubu, returned the college to the Anglican Communion, and Methodist Church on August 3, 2001. Since then the college has been operating without a clearly defined document.
Bishop of Lagos Mainland Diocese, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Rev Akinpelu and Bishop of Metropolitan Diocese of Ikeja, Dr. Stephen Adegbite said the signing has set out the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the college.
Adegbite who is also the chairman, supervisory board, Igbobi College, said both churches have decided to sign an agreement so as to move the college forward.
“With this, we know that we have a legal backing in whatever we are doing. What prompted the signing was the fact that we have not been able to lay our hands on any signed document that Methodist and Anglican churches own this college. All we are doing has been by oral tradition that is being passed from one generation to another.”
President, Igbobi College Old Students Association (ICOBA), Foluso Phillips, said the event was a significant one, saying the agreement reached by the two missions 87 years ago needed to be revisited.
“A lot has changed in the college and most significant of it is the participation of the old boys association in the life of the school. So with what has happened, as much as the missions owned Igbobi College, ICOBA is noted as a major stakeholder, especially because of the effort we have made since we took the school back from the government, which was in a terrible state then, about 19 years ago.
Phillips outlined that the document revisited the institutional framework of the school; the rules and regulations governing their joint effort; recognition of what the old boys are doing; good governance and principles; procedures for spending the school’s money; allocating money; capital expenditure and so many other things. “All was designed to bring orderliness into the school. Truly, the school belongs to the missions, but certainly our heart is with the school,” he added.