Sur­prise faces in Buhari’s min­is­te­rial list

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Hamza Idris, Hir Joseph (Jos) and Aliyu Ha­m­agam (Dutse).

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has sprung sur­prises with the names of some of his min­is­ters’ des­ig­nate. De­spite out­cry, es­pe­cially among the po­lit­i­cal class that ex­pected to dom­i­nate the cab­i­net, some of the nom­i­nees are tech­nocrats in their own right, who never ex­pected to be among the ‘cho­sen ones’. Some are close con­fi­dants of the pres­i­dent and the an­tecedents of oth­ers have dis­pelled the widely held belief that Buhari’s nom­i­nees are yesterday’s men who have lit­tle or noth­ing to con­trib­ute to the change that ush­ered the new pop­ulist ad­min­is­tra­tion. The Sokoto born A’isha has over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in bank­ing and in­vest­ment, ru­ral en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment and mi­cro­cre­dit ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment, pol­icy anal­y­sis and busi­ness sup­port.

She spe­cialises in mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment, Is­lamic fi­nance and mi­cro­cre­dit ad­min­is­tra­tion, women de­vel­op­ment and fam­ily liveli­hood en­hance­ment as well as public pol­icy and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

She is the di­rec­tor, pen­sion tran­si­tional ar­range­ment di­rec­torate be­fore her name was an­nounced by the Se­nate on Tues­day, af­ter the sec­ond list of min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees was sent by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

She was also the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor/ ceo, Abuja En­ter­prise Agency, be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2014 and June 2015.

She was also the act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor/ceo of the agency be­tween Fe­bru­ary, 2013 and Au­gust 2014, af­ter she had served as the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, fi­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Within the time un­der re­view, she spear­headed the align­ing off the agency’s pro­cesses and pro­grammes to be in line with global best prac­tices.

Be­fore then, she was the prin­ci­pal man­ager II at the African In­ter­na­tional Bank (1998 - 1999); se­nior bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion of­fi­cer, African De­vel­op­ment Bank, Abid­jan, Ivory Coast (1993 - 1997), where she pro­moted, ne­go­ti­ated and ad­min­is­tered co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments be­tween the bank and ex­ter­nal donors among oth­ers.

Ha­jiya A’isha was ed­u­cated at the Univer­sity Of Leeds, Leeds, Eng­land, where she ob­tained a Master of Arts, De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies (1990 - 1991); Univer­sity of War­wick, War­wick­shire, Eng­land, where she bagged a Bach­e­lor of Arts (Hon­ours) in Pol­i­tics and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (1987 - 1990).

She had sec­ondary school ed­u­ca­tion at Queens Col­lege, La­gos, be­tween 1978 - 1984.

Haj Aisha Abubakar

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