Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, who was among the nine
ministers relieved of their positions by President
Goodluck Jonathan in a cabinet reshuffle on
Wednesday, says she will be going back to the
university to teach.
She, who handed over the affairs of the education
ministry to the Minister of State in the ministry,
Chief Nyesom Wike, as directed by the president,
told newsmen that she would be going back to
continue with her job as a Lecturer.
Before her appointment as a minister, Rufa’i was a
Professor of Curriculum Studies at the Bayero
“I called you here to witness the handing over
because as you are all aware my tenure as minister
has expired along with eight others. I am going back to resume my job as a professor of
Curriculum Studies at the Bayero University Kano”.
“We should know that a time like this will come
because if it does not, death is surely an end.”
She expressed gratitude to the President for the
opportunity given her to serve as a cabinet minister.
“I have enjoyed a close working relationship with
the President. Of course, there were times we had our
disagreements, but overall we enjoyed working
Rufa’i, who also thanked Wike and other officials of
the ministry for the support she enjoyed during her
tenure in the ministry, tasked them not to relent in
achieving the sector’s goal of Access and Quality.
In his remarks, Wike described Rufa’i’s exit as
”painful” but said that “when we are not in control,
there is nothing we can do”. I wonder what her stand about the ongoing ASUU strike will be now that she’s on the other side of the fence and hence an ASUU member…..ijs.