Surprise faces in Buhari’s ministerial list
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