PMB Second Term Cabinet: Profile Of The 7 Women Ministerial Nominees

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 / 1:00PM / Bukola Akinyele  for Proshare WebTV  / Header Image Credit: Independent Newspapers Nigeria



Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna)

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Zainab Ahmed was born on 16 June 1960 in Kaduna State. She had her secondary school education at Queen Amina College, Kaduna, and later proceeded to have her A ‘Level in Zaria. She got her first degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University in 1981, after which she proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University for her MBA.


Mrs. Ahmed was employed in 1982 as an Accountant II in the Main Accounts Department of Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State and was promoted to Accountant I in March 1984, but resigned in 1985 to join NITEL. Earlier, she had done her National Youth Service in Kaduna State in 1981/1982 where she was posted for her primary assignment to Messrs. Egunjobi Suleiman & Co. Chartered Accountants, and served as an Audit Trainee.

She was posted for her primary assignment to Messrs. Egunjobi Suleiman & Co. Chartered Accountants, and served as an Audit Trainee.

She has served the Nigerian public in various high ranking positions, including as Managing director of the Kaduna State of Nigeria’s investment company, and also the Chief Finance Officer of the Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Company

Zainab was also the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, NEITI.

In 2015, She was appointed as the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning.

In September 2018, Mrs. Ahmed was appointed as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance after her predecessor  Mrs. Kemi Adeosun resigned her position

She has been appointed as Ministerial Nominee from Kaduna State

Senator Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara)

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Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki was born May 3, 1965, a scion of the Kwara State political legend, Senator (Dr.) Olusola Saraki of Kwara State, Senate Leader of the Second Republic from 1979-1983 and her Christian mother, Mrs. Florence Saraki who hails from Ondo State from whom Gbemisola imbibed her impressive work-ethic and passion for social issues.


Gbemisola Saraki attended the prestigious The Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England between 1972 to 1982. She after that gained admission into one of UK’s first generation universities, the University of Sussex.


Gbemisola Saraki was elected a member of the House of Representatives in 1999 under the umbrella of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).

In 2003, she ran under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) for the Senate and won the seat, representing the Central Senatorial District of Kwara State.

She re-contested in 2007 and won again, serving as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for eight years. 2003 -2011.

Gbemisola is the female legislator with the highest number of sponsored bills in Nigeria.

As a legislator, she was an active member of the following House Committee: House Committees on Aviation, Foreign Travel Habitat, Legislative Budget and Research Office, Navy, Privatization, Special Duties, Transport to mention in few.

In 2015, she defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

In February 2016, Saraki was appointed by President Muhammed Buhari as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa.

On February 2017, she was also one of the 16 member committees to re-negotiate its 2009 agreement with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


Pauline Tallen (Plateau)

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Pauline Kedem Tellen was born on 8 January 1959 to the family of Kattiems.

She earned a degree in Sociology at the University of Jos in 1982.

Political Career

She started her political career in 1976, when she was the clerical officer at Shendam local government council, then later ministry of local government affairs.

In 1994, she was made a Councillor in Plateau State. She was also made commissioner in the state by the military government between  1994-1999.

In 1999, she was appointed Minister of State for Science and Technology to the cabinet of the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo

In 2007, she became the Deputy Governor of Plateau State and the first woman to be a Deputy Governor in Northern Nigeria.

In 2011, she joined the Labour Party (Nigeria), then contested the gubernatorial election of the state.

She also contested to be governor of Plateau State but lost to Jonah Jang.

She is presently a member board of trustees of All Progressive Congress (APC) and was honored as woman of the year for her contribution to Nigeria at the 10th African Icon of Our Generation Award.

She is a board member of the National Agency for Control of Aids (NACA).

Ambassador Maryam Yalwaji Katagum (Bauchi)

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Born on 18th November 1954 at Azare, Bauchi, Nigeria. Ambassador Katagum earned a Bachelor of Arts B.A degree in English and a Post Graduate Certification in Education at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1976, a Masters in Administration and Planning at the University of Lagos in 1985 as well as a Certificate in Social Development Policy, Planning and Practice at the University College, London in 1999.


She was posted to the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO from 1985 to 2000, where she rose to the position of Sector Secretary in the Social and Human Sciences Sector.

From 2000-2001, she was appointed Director for Special Projects at the National Primary Education Commission in Abuja.

In 2001, she became the Secretary-General of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO.

In 2006, she was given additional responsibility of supervising the National and International Partnerships Division of the Federal Ministry of Education.

She has served as Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO Her name featured on the Ministerial List released yesterday.

Sadiya Umar Farouq (Zamfara)

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Born on 5 November 1974, Sadiya Farouq hails from Zurmi Local Government of Zamfara State. She was educated at the Federal Government Girls College Gusau, Zamfara State and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State graduating with a In Business Administration (Actuarial Science) in 1998, before proceeding to earn her Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy in 2008 and also her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2011 from Ahmadu Bello University  Zaria, Kaduna State.


Between 1999-2000, under the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme served with National Assembly.

She served under the Senate Committee on Aviation and worked with the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

She became the National treasure of the CPC Party, from 2011-2013, and then Interim National Treasurer of the APC from 2013-2014 before her appointment as Member, All Progressive Congress Presidential Campaign Council where she served in the directorate of election planning and monitoring, field operations, and fund raising, in preparation for the 2015 general elections which the APC won.

Sadiya was appointed the Honourable Federal Commissioner (HFC) of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) on September 26, 2016.

Since her assumption in Office, Sadiya has developed a Strategic Road-map of Action that will reposition the Commission as the lead government agency responsible for coordination, protection and assistance of Persons of Concern (PoC).

The Strategic Road-map of the Commission focuses on the total provision of a durable solution to PoC, by implementing standardized procedures for utilizing Research, Data Gathering & Planning for Resettling, Rehabilitating, Reintegrating and Readmitting PoCs.

Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra)

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Sharon Ikeazor was born into the family of Chief Chimezie Ikeazor, SAN, of Obosi, Anambra State, the founder of the Legal Aid for the Poor Scheme in Nigeria. She graduated with an LLB Hons in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. 

She has 27 years’ post-graduation experience as a Solicitor and Advocate and vast knowledge and experience in the field of business development for foreign multinational companies, project management, banking administration, national and international government liaison. 



In her career, she worked with international oil companies, international consulting and engineering firms, and rose to become the senior vice president of an international consulting firm.

In January 2011, she joined politics and contested and won the post of the national women leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). After the merger of three political parties in 2013, she emerged the interim national woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sharon Ikeazor served very well as Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD and this should be one of the reasons that she has been nominated as Minister from Anambra State.


Ramatu Tijani-Aliyu (Kogi)

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Born on June 12, 1970 to the royal family of late Alhaji Sidi Ali Mamman Bawa Allah of Lokoja, Kogi State.

She studied Urban and Regional Planning at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nasarawa State University Keffi and recently earned a Ph.D. in Security and Strategic Studies from the Institute for Governance and Development Studies.

In 2004, she was appointed a Special Adviser on Women Affairs, Youth and Social Development to the Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council.

In 2008, she emerged the first female National Vice Chairman (North Central Zone) of the then leading opposition political party in the country, the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP.

In 2010, she emerged the National Woman Leader of the conservative All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, a party whose ideology she had consistently subscribed to until its recent demise.

In 2014,  she emerged the first elected National Women Leader under the party of the All Progressive Congress.


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