On March 8 every year, the achievements of women across the world are celebrated while awareness is also created about gender equality.
The theme for the 2021 celebration which falls on Monday, March 8, is Choose to Challenge.
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
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
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)
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)
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."
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"
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.
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