UK-born Ghanaian gets top education job in Theresa May’s government


UK born Ghanaian, Sam Gyimah, has been made Universities and Science Minister of England in Theresa May’s government reshuffle.

The new minister mentioned in a tweet on his page that he is looking forward to taking up the new role and facing any challenge head-on.

“Off to my new role as Universities & Science Minister and looking forward to the challenges ahead – thank you for your excellent work @JoJohnsonUK. A massive thank you to all prisons & probation staff, particularly prison officers, for your incredible dedication & hard work”.

According to the BBC, Gyimah, who was born in Buckinghamshire but spent some of his childhood in his mother’s native Ghana, studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford.

He worked for Goldman Sachs for five years before opting for a career in politics, and became Conservative MP for East Surrey in 2010.

He served as a government whip and was parliamentary private secretary to the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, from 2012 to 2013,

Sam Gyimah campaigned to remain in the European Union in the Brexit vote.

He was also prisons Minister, before taking up the post as Universities Minister on Tuesday

Mr. Gyimah’s role straddles the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He replaces Jo Johnson, who has been made Transport Minister.

Mr. Gyimah, 41, will work alongside the newly-appointed Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, who is replacing Justine Greening.

He is happily married with two children.

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