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BORIS Johnson, the new British Prime Minister has appointed a Nigerian, Kemi Badenoch as a junior Minister at the United Kingdom Department of Education (DfE).

Badenoch, a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Saffron Walden Constituency is to serve as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families at the ministry.

The education ministry is responsible for child protection, education, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

Her responsibilities in the new appointment include, “children’s social care including child protection, children in care, adoption, care leavers, social work, local authority performance and family law.

Others are, “special educational needs including high needs funding, education policy in response to the race disparity audit, safeguarding in schools, disadvantaged pupils – including pupil premium and pupil premium plus, school sport, healthy pupils and school food, including free school meals.”

Aside from the above responsibilities, she is also expected to manage, “early years policy including inspection, regulation and literacy and numeracy; childcare policy, inspection and regulation; delivery of 30 hours free childcare offer; social mobility including opportunity areas and DfE contribution to cross-government work to tackle rough sleeping.”

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Other appointed ministers at the education ministry are Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Education), Nick Gibb (Minister of State for School Standards), Jo Johnson (Minister of State), and Lord Agnew (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System).

The 39-year-old lawmaker was born in Wimbledon, London to parents of Nigerian origin while her childhood was spent in Lagos, Nigeria and the United States.

Reports say she moved to the United Kingdom at age 16, became software and IT engineer after graduating at the Sussex University, and went further to study law.

The mother of two, tweeting about the new appointment expressed appreciation and pledged to work with other members of the ministerial team.

“Thank you for all good wishes and kind messages of support received. I also look forward to working not just with @Conservatives colleagues but cross-party and grateful for the warm welcome from @TracyBrabin and @SteveReedMP who no doubt will be keeping me on my toes! (2/3),” she stated.

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