Education ministers deny fighting rumour •As Anwukah denies writing resignation letter

THE Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, on Monday, denied allegations of in-fighting raging between them since their assumption in office.

A drama, however, ensued when the Minister of State for Education went haywire and started raining abuses on anybody insinuating that he had tendered resignation letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal.

In anger, Anwukah shouted at journalists, saying it was stupid for anyone to insinuate that he wrote a resignation letter to SGF or had any rift with Adamu.

The two ministers spoke with newsmen on the sidelines of the venue of the presentation of the sector’s roadmap “Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan 2016-2019.”

The ministers insisted they were and would continue to be great friends.

Adamu had accused journalists of being responsible for the rumours, which he maintained was targeted at generating headlines that would increase the sales of newspapers and also pull media traffic to the various outfits.

He said: “This is the creation of journalists. I don’t think that there are any two ministers in this country  working as closely as Tony and I, because we have never disagreed.

“Somebody was asking me a question and that question was actually designed to get a headline and probably somebody wants a headline, that is why they said we are quarrelling. Me and him and unfortunately on that day also I forgot that you sent Obioma to represent you and didn’t recognise his presence. They want to sell their papers.

“Tony and I? If you don’t have any personal agenda, you will never have quarrel with anyone and I think our duty is to try to move the education sector forward, that is all,” he added.

Commenting on his absence during the launch of the National Education Quality Education Assurance Handbook on the 9th of August, he said: “The press should stop inventing imaginary things.

“The day in question, we have had another appointment with the Nigerian breweries and it is an outfit that conducts the best teachers’ Maltina award.  At 10.00 a.m, they were supposed to be in the office and I had to receive them. I cannot be in two places at the same time; so the press is uninformed.”

On his letter of resignation to the Presidency through the SGF, Anwukah furiously told journalists “this is absolute nonsense, it is stupid. There is no such thing that existed. I never did, anytime.

“We are all Nigerians, press or no press; I hate stupid insinuations, no matter where it comes from, the press or otherwise. The press should please, mind its dutiful responsibilities. I sent a letter to who? Get me a copy of the letter,” Anwukah pleaded.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu, explained that the Federal Ministry of Education undertook the development of the Ministerial Strategic Plan in order reposition Nigeria’s education sector to play a central role in the philosophy of positive change of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.