May 29: “I Didn’t Know Anything About Education Sector,” Buhari’s Longest-Serving Minister Confesses

May 29: “I Didn’t Know Anything About Education Sector,” Buhari’s Longest-Serving Minister Confesses

  • President Muhammadu Buhari's minister for education, Adamu Adamu, has confessed that he knew nothing about the ministry when he was appointed its minister
  • Adamu disclosed that he was not ready and unprepared for the portfolio the President gave to him in 2015 and 2019
  • The outgoing minister said he was forced to appoint some professors of education into the ministry and other good hands who worked with him

FCT, Abuja - Adamu Adamu, the minister for education, confessed that he knew nothing about the portfolio given to him when he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

According to Daily Trust, Adamu is the longest-serving minister of the outgoing Buhari administration, and he made the confession at the valedictory session with officials and parastatals heads of the ministry on Thursday, May 25.

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The education minister confessed he was a novice and unprepared for the ministry. Photo Credit: Adamu Adamu
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The outgoing minister disclosed that he was forced to apply wisdom by dishing out appointments to education professors and other good hands. Coupled with the support of the staff of the Federal Ministry of Education, he was able to kick off and make progress.

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His statement reads in part:

“I didn’t know anything about the education sector when I was appointed minister except superficially. But when Buhari decided to make me minister of education, I called some people to assist me to work on a policy document on education because I was a novice in the sector."

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While expressing gratitude to President Muhammdu Buhari for bestowing him with the ministerial position, Adamu said he was "not ready and unprepared for such task."

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The minister said the president's announcement surprised him because he was busy making appointments for the president.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other related bodies in the education sector had the longest strike in Nigeria's history under Buhari's administration and Adamu's management of the ministry.

“We have done the best that we can in the circumstance," Adamu on ASUU strike earlier reported that the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, has said the government has maximised all available options to ensure that the sticking ASUU returns to the classrooms.

Adamu added that he has personally met with the union's leadership anywhere and everywhere, including his house, his officer, the ASUU secretariat and other places.

Adamu stated that the only disagreement between FG and ASUU now is the issue of "no work, no pay," and he had promised that the government would not break any law.


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