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Education minister turns down request to name lecture theatre after him

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has turned down a request by members of the Federal Government College, Sokoto, to name a lecture theatre after him.

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This is contained in a statement by Ben Goong, Director of Press in the ministry and issued to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to the statement, the minister who was in Sokoto to commission a state-of -the art lecture theater in the college, stunned cheering crowd of staff, students and others after he kicked against the idea.

The building had the inscription: “Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba lecture theatre”.

The statement quoted the minister explaining that it was against his principles to accept such honour while in office.

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Mr Nwajuiba then ordered the inscription to be removed, as all efforts by the school management to persuade him to accept the offer fell on deaf ears.

“As a matter of principle, I cannot accept any such honour while still in public office. If you decide to do that after I might have left office, then I will be available,” the minister said.

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Meanwhile, the Principal of the college, Ibrahim Uba explained that the offer was not an award but a historic recognition of what Mr Nwajiuba had done to the school.


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