Hon. Hajia Rabia Hussaini Adamu Eshak – Commissioner for Education, Science & Technology, Jigawa State.


Hajia Rabia Hussaini Adamu Eshak was born in Kazaure town of Jigawa state, She attended  junior primary school at Sultan Bello Integrated Primary School, Kaduna and completed  senior primary education at Shekara Girls Boarding School, Kano  in 1970 . Rabia proceeded to the prestigious Queens College Yaba, Lagos  from 1971 to 1975. In 1979,  she graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with a B.A.  (Special Hons.) Degree in English Literature.

She subsequently completed a dual Masters Degree program M.A in International Studies (Development) and M.Ed  from Ohio University USA from 1980-1982.
Her public sector career spanned a period of thirteen years from lecturer at the College of Arts and Sciences in 1984,to founding Director of Planning and Research in the new Ministry for Women Affairs from1989 to 1990 and Director General, Ministry for Social Development in Kano State. Hajia Rabia Eshak as she was popularly known, was appointed as the Special Advisor to the Military Administrator of Jigawa State in 1991 when the state was created and later assigned to establish the Jigawa State Polytechnic, now Hussaini Adamu Polytechnic, as the first and founding Rector from 1992 to 1994. Hajia Rabia’ public sector career was capped with her appointment as the Hon. Commissioner, Jigawa State Ministry of Health and Social Development.
For the subsequent fifteen years, from 1997, she maintained a special niche in the non-governmental sector working as the team leader, field office manager of several cycles of USAID Northern based integrated health, democracy and good governance as well as youth development projects. From 2004 to 2009, she led the first and largest integrated health and education project targeted at the disadvantaged communities in the North. She also managed the Northern Education Initiative, a large education sector reform project as the Deputy Chief of Party in Sokoto State from  January 2010 to July 2011. She was  a development consultant working on areas of public policy and reforms for sustainable development. She is also Executive Director of First Grade College and founded Al-Iman School in Kano and Kazaure respectively.
Hajia Rabia is passionate about education sector reform and specifically committed to human capital development, youth empowerment and the improvement of teacher quality that will ultimately lead to the laying of a stronger basic education sub sector.  Hajia Rabia is committed to changing the development indices and the general well-being of all citizens. She is actively involved in politics  as a member and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). She is a founding member of the Arewa Research and Development Project, Founder and National President of Shekara Old Girls Association. She held many other leadership positions in various standing and ad-hoc committees. Hajia Rabia is also a mother of three beautiful daughters. Currently Haja Rabia Hussaini Adamu Eshak is the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Jigawa State since September, 2015.

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