Minkailu Bah’s Retention Unacceptable
It is an open secret that the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Minkailu Bah (in photo) is one of the most criticized ministers of President Koroma’s first government. His regime has been described by many educational authorities as an excellent failure evidenced by the catalogue of problems that keeps plaguing the Education ministry.
Since Minkailu Bah assumed office as Education Minister, hundreds of teachers in this country have gone without recruitment and approval. Subsidies have been paid very late and very intermittently. There has always been an over delayed payment of WAEC examiners and ghost teachers have persisted despite the series of verification exercises and government has been expending so much money.
We hold that a good minister should have the ability and knowledge to solve the problems of his ministry, but if a minister keeps presiding over a problem infested ministry without solving the problems, then we will begin to doubt the competence of that minister in handling the ministry’s affairs.
Moreover, we believe that a good minister should be in good working terms with stakeholders of his ministry but where that is absent the minister is bound to fail.
From our observation and investigation, Minkailu Bah is not in the good books of most educational stakeholders he is even being vehemently condemned by the closest officials around him. So, we are wondering how Minkailu Bah will succeed in the ministry?
This medium is strongly convinced that a cabinet minister that cannot deliver the good, bears the potential to tarnish the character of his government and even his president.
We are of the opinion that it is politically unwise for any president to retain a failed minister so, President Koroma must think twice about who is to be the Education Minister of his second government, especially when educational stakeholders have started kicking against the retention of Minkailu Bah.
Bad ministers make bad government.
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