I Knew Nothing About Education When I Became Minister – Adamu Adamu

Adamu, now the longest-serving education minister in Nigeria, was in charge when public universities were shut due to ASUU strike for six months.



Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has admitted he had a “superficial” knowledge of the education sector when he was appointed to head the Federal Ministry of Education.

The minister said on Thursday at a valedictory service in his honour that to make up for his lack of knowledge, he consulted professors of education who assisted him in setting a roadmap for the education sector.

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In 2016, Adamu unveiled the ‘Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP)’ for the country’s education sector.

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The minister commended the contributions of the late Prof. Gidado Tahir and Dr Abdulraman Umar to the document. He also hailed the Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, who was the permanent secretary at the time, for adopting the document.

He said: “I didn’t know anything about education except superficially. When Buhari decided to make me Minister of Education, there is somebody here who was the first person I called. He said ‘What do you want to achieve?’ I said good things. And these are my ideas as a learner.

“After that meeting professors of education were called and I told them what I wanted to achieve and let them put it in writing for me and they did. And then we had a document.”

Adamu has now become the longest-serving education minister following his appointment in 2015.

His tenure witnessed the highest number of industrial actions from unions in tertiary institutions amid increase in registered institutions.

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