IWD2021: List of 50 women appointed by President Buhari

IWD2021: List of 50 women appointed by President Buhari

On March 8 every year, the achievements of women across the world are celebrated while awareness is also created about gender equality.

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The theme for the 2021 celebration which falls on Monday, March 8, is Choose to Challenge.

IWD2021: Presidency releases list of 50 women appointed by President Buhari
To mark International Women's Day, presidency has released a list of 50 women appointed by President Buhari. Photo credits: @PaulineKTallen, @nigerianports, @sharon_ikeazor, @Sadiya_farouq, @ZShamsuna
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To mark the important day and show that his administration recognises the important roles played by women, the presidency has released a list of 50 women appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the 50 women listed, tagged "The Buhari Women" are just a few of the women working with the Nigerian president.

Below is the list:

1. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning

2. Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

3. Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs

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4. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment

5. Sharon Ikeazor, Honourable Minister of State for Environment

6. Gbemisola Saraki, Honourable Minister of State for Transportation

7. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Honourable Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory

8. Folashade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation

9. Mariam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President

10. Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, and Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council

11. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

12. Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority

13. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson and CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission

14. Chioma Ejikeme, Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate

15. Patience Oniha, Director-General, Debt Management Office

16. Aisha Dahir-Umar, Director-General, National Pension Commission

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17. Jummai A.M. Audi, Chairperson, Nigerian Law Reform Commission

18. Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission

19. Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Nigeria

20. Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator/CEO, SERVICOM

21. Folashade Joseph, Managing Director, Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation

22. Cecilia Gaya, Director-General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria

23. Ronke Sokefun, Chairperson, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation

24. Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria

25. Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)

26. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

27. Oge Modie, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Strategic Communications

28. Moji Rhodes. Senior Special Assistant on Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs

29. Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry (Oversees the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP)

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30. Stella Okotete, Executive Director, Business Development, NEXIM Bank

31. Omolola Abiola-Edewor, Executive Director, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation

32. Imaan Sulaiman–Ibrahim, Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)

33.Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, and INEC Federal Commissioner-nominee.

34.Dr. Yosola Akinbi - Senior Technical Adviser, National Economic Council (NEC) (Office of the Vice President)

35.Dr. Balikisu Saidu, Senior Special Assistant Legal, Research and Compliance Issues (OVP)

36.Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi – Senior Special Assistant - Rule Of Law (OVP)

37. Foluso Idumu, Senior Special Assistant On Administration (OVP)

38.Lanre Shasore, Senior Special Assistant On Coordination & Planning (OVP)

39.Dr Ebi Awosika, Senior Technical Assistant On Community Engagements (OVP)

40.Olaolu Beckley, Special Assistant On Documentation (OVP)

41.Edewede Akhidenor – Special Assistant, Administration (OVP)

42.Nkoli Anyaoku– Special Assistant, Administration (OVP)

43.Dr. Lilian Idiaghe - Special Assistant, Legal (OVP)

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44.Tolani Alli – Special Assistant On Visual Communications (OVP)

45.Toyosi Onalapo - Special Assistant On Community Engagements

46.Haijya Halima Bawa – Special Assistant On Community Engagements

47.Nonye Ojekwe – Special Assistant On Community Engagements

48.Koko Iyamusa – Special Assistant Administration (Wife of the VP)

49.Fakorede Omotayo Basirat- Special Assistant On Special Duties

50.Omotayo Rachael Omowunmi – Special Assistant On Household & Social Events

Reactions by Nigerians

Justice Ori said:

"I commend President Buhari's idea of carrying our women along in the leadership and development of our country. It shows we are doing well. It will encourage our women to do their best and contribute their quota in the overall interest of our nation."

Qasim Adekola Odetara said:

"This is highly commendable and the list is well screened. For the Chairman of the Federal Character Commission to be missing on the list, I believe the presidency is looking into her matter which came into public domain few weeks ago. God bless Nigeria."

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Ahmed Abdul said:

"Where's the president's wife? Charity begins at home. Celebrate your wife first before celebrating women in general!"

Nongov Moses said:

"I commend Mr. President for carrying them along. Please the checklist has no Tiv womanfolk. My passionate appeal is that let them be included too"

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Meanwhile, the presidency has repeatedly dismissed the insinuations that President Buhari's appointments are skewed in favour of the north.

Presidential spokesman, Adesina, on Monday, February 1, said many Nigerians have a wrong perception about the appointments made by the Buhari-led administration.

According to Adesina, Ogun state, a southwestern state, had the highest number of appointments made by the Buhari administration in 2015.


Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_

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