Tension As Buhari’s Top Ministers Engage in Deadly Cold War

By Post Nigeria August 10, 2016 12:03

Tension As Buhari’s Top Ministers Engage in Deadly Cold War

All is not well between the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and his Minister of State, Professor Anthony Anwukah.

The two Ministers, have reportedly not been in good terms since August 4, when the Federal Government announced the removal of 17 Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, of parastatals, agencies and commissions under the Ministry of Education.

Findings revealed, that Adamu, a confidant of President Muhammadu Buhari, had made recommendations to the President on the appointment of new CEOs to replace those sacked, without the input of his colleague, who is a former Vice Chancellor, and a nominee of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.

Adamu, had at the inauguration of the new heads of education agencies under the Ministry, exonerated himself from having hands in the appointments, claiming that they were made by the President.

However, a source within the Ministry of Education, alleged that Adamu might have been running a one man show at the Ministry.

“The Minister of State supervises JAMB, UBEC, NECO and other agencies. How is it possible that he would not be involved in the appointment of those he supervises, and reports to the President?” The source queried.

The cold war brewing between them, played out recently when Adamu denied knowledge of the recent increment in the school fees of Federal Government Colleges, also known as Unity Schools, recently announced by the office of the Minister of State for Education, Anwukah.

The Minister, who gave the shocking revelation, in a chat with newsmen at the side lines of the National Education Quality Assurance Handbook’s launch, said the news of the increment from N20, 000 to N75, 000 was strange to him.

“I am not aware that the Unity School fees have been increased. As the Minister of Education, I am not aware, but I will try and find out,” he said.

While answering a question on the feud between him and the Minister of State, over the recent appointment of new heads of 17 agencies, Adamu claimed ignorance of the development, but failed to acknowledge the presence of (Anwukah’s) representative, during the launch of the handbooks.

“I am not also aware that he has been sidelined, but you can go and find out from the source that told you,” he added.

The frosty relationship between them, manifested when Anwukah was observed to be absent at events that attracted the presence of Adamu, since those appointments were made.

A source in the Ministry blamed the sudden change of attitude of the Minister of State, on the way the latter sidelined him on the recommendation to Buhari, on those to be appointed to head agencies in the Ministry.

While pleading for anonymity, the source wondered if the Ministry was no longer properly coordinated, for the Minister to claim ignorance of a directive concerning the school fees increase that came from the office of his colleague.