Female ministers in Nigeria are sort of a rarity, but the ones that the country has make up for the lack in numbers with their professionalism and personalities. Today, we will be looking at the female Nigerian ministers and their portfolio, so that you can get to know the women in power better.
There are five female ministers in Nigeria (including ministers of state). When Buhari appointed his cabinet, there were six women, but since then one of them, namely Amina Mohammed, the Minister of Environment, has resigned. Therefore, we will be talking about five women that occupy the positions of ministers in Nigeria.
Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning
Zainab Ahmed was born in 1960 in Kaduna State. She studied Accounting at the Ahmadu Bello University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in 1981. Later, she attended Ogun State University where she obtained a Master’s Degree.
She appointed Mininister of State for Budget and National Planning in November 2015. Prior to that, she was the Executive Secretary & National Coordinator of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Nigeria.
Before she was appointed Minister of State, Zainab was the Chief Finance Officer of MTEL (Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Ltd.) and the Managing Director of Kaduna Investment Company Ltd. Mrs. Ahmed is also a Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Institute of Certified Company Commercial Accountants of Nigeria, as well as other professional bodies.
Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance
Kemi Adeosun was born on March 9, 1967 in London, United Kingdom, but her parents came from Ogun State. She studied Economics at the University of East London, where she got her Bachelor’s degree, and Public Financial Management at the University of London, where she got her Postgraduate Diploma. Kemi has also been a Charted Accountant at the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales since 1994.
A big part of her career was built in London, where she worked in accounting and audit from 1989 until 2002. She worked with British Telecom Company, Goodman Jones, Underground Ltd., Prism Consulting and Price Waterhouse Coopers, occupying top accounting positions.
Between 2002 and 2011, Kemi worked at Chapel Hill Denham Management as a financial controller and later a Managing Director. In 2011, she became the Commissioner of Finance in Ogun State, and she kept her position until 2015. Along with most other Nigerian ministers, she was appointed to her current post as the Minister of Finance, Nigeria in November 2015.
Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim was born on January 6, 1967 in Kaduna. She received a National Diploma from Pardworth College, United Kingdom in Business and Finance in 1986, and a Bachelor’s degree from Roehampton Institute for Higher Education in Business Studies and Sociology in 1989.
In 2004, Khadija became the Commissioner for Transport and Energy in Yobe State. In 2006, she became Resident Commissioner at Nicon Insurance. Then, in 2007, Khadija moved on to politics, as she was elected as a member of the House of Representatives.
Between 2007 and 2008, she worked as the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Rural Development, then she moved on to become the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Communications, a position she held until 2010, before becoming the Chairman of the House Committee on Rural Privatisation and Commercialisation. Before joining the list of current ministers in Nigeria in 2016, Khadija was also a member of various other House Committees.
Aisha Abubakar, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment
Aisha Abubakar was born in Dogondaji, Sokoto State on July 20, 1966. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick in 1990 and her Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Leeds in 1991.
Before being appointed as Minister of State in 2015, Aisha worked as the senior bilateral cooperation officer at the African Development Bank between 1993 and 1997 and as the principal manager of the African International Bank between 1998 and 1999. She also worked at the Abuja Enterprise Agency from 2010 to 2015, where she rose to the rank of Managing Director.
Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, Minister of Women Affairs
Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, who most people know as Mama Taraba, was born on September 16, 1959 in Taraba State. She studied at the Ahmadu Bello University and the Nigerian Law Schooll to receive her degree in Law.
During her extensive career, Aisha occupied the positions of the Chief Magistrate in the FCT, Attorney General of Taraba State, Secretary of the Judicial Service Committee of the FCT, Chief Registrar of the FCT High Court, as well as many others. In most cases, she was the first woman to be appointed into the postion.
After a successful career in law, Mama Taraba ventured into business. Since 2010, Aisha has also become involved in politics. Between 2011 and 2015, she was the Senator for Taraba North. In 2015, President Buhari appointed her Minister of Women Affairs.
Hopefully, now you will at least know the names of ministers in Nigeria that are women, as well as the basic information about their career.
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