Sam Egwu

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Sam Ominyi Egwu
Assumed office
29 May 2015
Preceded bySen. Chris Nwankwo
Governor of Ebonyi State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007
Preceded bySimeon Oduoye
Succeeded byMartin Elechi
Federal Minister of Education
In office
17 December 2008 – 17 March 2010
Preceded byIgwe Aja-Nwachukwu
Succeeded byRuqayyah Ahmed Rufa'i
Personal details
Born20 June 1954
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party (PDP)

Sam Ominyi Egwu (born 20 June 1954) is a Nigerian politician and member of People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria. He was Governor of Ebonyi State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. Dr Egwu is noted as pillar of educational development in Ebonyi state and Nigeria.[1] Been a senior lecturer at Enugu state university of technology (ESUT) Enugu and served as commissioner for education in Ebonyi state contributed to the successes recorded in education sector during his tenure as governor.[2]

In 2008, President Umaru Yar'Adua appointed him Minister of Education, position he held till April 2010 when he was replaced by Professor Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa'i.[3]

Egwu was former President Olusegun Obasanjo's choice to become National Chairman of the PDP at its 2008 National Convention. However, at the Convention on March 8, 2008, he withdrew in favor of the compromise candidate Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, who was chosen as an alternative to Egwu and his main rival for the position, Anyim Pius Anyim.[4]

His stay as education minister was characterized by ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) and other university union strikes; this led to people demanding for his sack.[5]

You can view more on [6]

In 2015, he successfully contested and won the senatorial seat for Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone in the platform of People's Democratic Party.[7] Currently, he is the Senate committee chairman on industry.[8][9]

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  1. ^ Adibe, Jideofor. "Dr Egwu's Education Roadmap". Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  2. ^ "". NASCO Group. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  3. ^ "Ministers - the Profiles". ThisDay. 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  4. ^ "Nigeria: As Ogbulafor Emerges PDP Chairman Obasanjo Loses Grip", Daily Trust, Abuja (, March 9, 2008.
  5. ^ Ekpe, Sam. "Leave Sam Egwu alone". Vanguard. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  6. ^ "". NASCO Group. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  7. ^ "Know your Senators: List of Senators Elect". Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  8. ^ "Courtesy Visit by Senate Committee on Industries — NASCO Group". NASCO Group. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  9. ^ "Senate Committee Sees To Procurement Of Locally Made Vehicles". Retrieved 2018-03-01.