I Didn’t Know Anything About Education Sector When I Was Appointed — Education Minister Adamu


Mallam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, on Thursday, revealed that that when President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him in 2015, he had no prior experience in the field.

He revealed this during a farewell meeting with Ministry officials and the chiefs of its parastatals.

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When Adamu was appointed, he discussed his concept with the people he asked to assist him in writing an education policy statement.

The Minister said;

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 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.

He, however, commended President Buhari for counting him worthy of such a task.

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.

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.

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