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I Knew Nothing About The Ministry Buhari Appointed Me – Minister of Education, Adamu

Mallam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education in Nigeria, recalled on Thursday that he was a rookie when President Muhammadu Buhari nominated him to work in the field of education in 2015.

The Minister said today that because he lacked experience, he went out to important individuals to help him in their various positions. He made this statement during a valedictory session with Ministry personnel and the leaders of parastatals earlier today.

Newsmen learns that Adamu gained credit for selecting several professors of education and other ‘excellent hands’ with the assistance of the authorities of the Federal Ministry of Education, which helped him achieve some success during his time.

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“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. I shared my idea with them, and they assisted me greatly, and I remain grateful to them for these years,” the Education Minister said.


Adamu hailed President Buhari who thought it good and found him worthy of such responsibility despite that he “Was apparently not ready and unprepared for such task”.

The Minister added: “I was busy making recommendations and suggestions to the President on who to appoint into his cabinet in 2015. All of a sudden, he announced my name to my surprise and that was it. We worked together till 2019.

“In 2019, I approached the President and suggested that he reshuffle his cabinet because, in the eyes of many, it was unusual in our society for a President to work with the same Ministers for four years. Buhari had graciously allowed his Ministers to stay in office for four years. Ordinarily, Ministers stay in office for two years before they are reshuffled.

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“But I know him very well and I knew it will be difficult for him to do that. But I decided to make it easy for him by promising to bring people that would do the job better for me and others who served as Ministers in the first tenure.”

“I promised him that I will give him names of competent people from at least, 19 northern states. So, I suggested to him to drop all the Ministers that worked with him in the first tenure including me, but I knew it would be difficult for him. But to confirm that I can do the job, I gave him a name from Bauchi state whom I had expected him to replace me within the cabinet. That was how Maryam Katagun became Minister of the Federal Republic.”



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