It took me over a year to understand my job as minister, says Adamu


Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on Wednesday said it took him one and a half year to understand how Federal Ministry of Education operates when he was first assigned to the ministry.

The minister said he first had to get the idea of what education was when he first got to the ministry, adding that he could only see what was happening at the ministry after a year and half.

According to him, haven worked in the ministry for over three and a half years, he was returning home to his “family.”

He said these in his remarks when he and Emeka Nwajuiba, the new Minister of State for Education resumed briefly at the Ministry.

The ministers both arrived at about 2:45 pm after they were inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.

Buhari had retained Adamu as the main minister and named Nwajuiba as the minister of state for education.

The duo were welcomed by excited staff of the ministry led by the Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono and some directors in the ministry.

Malam Adamu, hailed Echono and directors of the ministry for their support during his first stint in office.

He said both him and the former Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah had worked hard to put together the Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP 2016-2019) to the point of implementation before their tenure ended on May 2019, 2019.

The minister said: “We had laboured over the time on the strategic plan for the education and only to the point of implementation then we had to leave. I had the opportunity to remind President Muhammadu Buhari that the nation was expecting so much from him.

“When we were sent here the first tenure, it took me one and half year to understand the ministry, it also took me as a surprise when I was re-assigned to the ministry of education. I had thought I would be sent to another ministry where I would have to learn all over again. Now, I know that I am coming back to a family.

“You all are my teachers and hopefully we will work well together again. The reality is the confidence I reposed in the Permanent Secretary. When I came here I had to get the idea of what education is and I could only see what is happening here after a year and half.”

Adamu noted that Nwajiuba had abandoned his Doctorate programme to serve in the cabinet of President Buhari as minister, adding that his appointment as minister of state would be helpful.

Nwajuiba was Chairman, Board of the Tertiary Education Trustfund (TETFund) until his appointment as the minister of state for education.

Nwajuiba said he was at home at the ministry. ”I am comfortable that I do not have to go to another ministry but here with my senior brother at the ministry of education I can be tutored and well directed,” he said.

The ministers were presented with the handover notes by the permanent secretary after meeting with workers.

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