Buhari’s Women Ministers: Meet The Women In The Next Level Cabinet

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sent his ministerial list to the senate and so far it has continued to generate mixed reactions. Below we profile the seven women who made it into the President’s Next Level cabinet:

Sadiya Farouk:

Sadiya Umar Farouq is the Federal Commissioner of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Farouq once served as the National Treasurer of the APC between June 2013 to June 2014. She was the National treasurer of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)  one of the four Nigerian political parties that merged in February 2013 to form the APC, which became the biggest opposition party to take on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lead government.

Sharon Ikeazor:

She is a seasoned politician, philanthropist and an astute administrator and is the executive secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD)

Mrs Ikeazor has over 30 years post-graduation experience as a legal practitioner, politician, management consultant, philanthropist and social activist,

In 2011, she contested and won the position of National Women Leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) an opposition Political Party.

With the merger of the three political parties in Nigeria in 2013, she emerged the interim national women leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Thereafter, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the party in 2014.

Gbemi Saraki:

Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki as a senator was elected to represent the Kwara central Senatorial district under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party back in 2003. She was subsequently elected into the House of Representatives in 1999 representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency, Kwara State.

She ran under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) for the senate in 2003 and won the seat, representing the Central Senatorial District of Kwara State. Again, she re-contested in 2007 and won, serving as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for eight consecutive years between 2003-2011. Reports have it that she is the female legislator with the highest number of sponsored bills in Nigeria.

Maryam Katagum:

Maryam Katagum is the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO. She was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO in June 2009.

She was the Secretary General of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO from 2001, after fifteen years of stewardship at the Commission.

Mrs. Katagum has served on a number of national and international Committees and Panels throughout her career.

Paullen Tallen:

Mrs Pauline Kedem Tellen is a Nigerian politician born January 8, 1959.

She was appointed Minister of State for Science and technology. In 1999, she was appointed Minister of State for science and technology in the cabinet of former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

In 2007, she became the deputy governor of Plateau State and was the first woman to be a deputy governor in Northern Nigeria. In 2011, she also contested to be governor of the state but lost to Jonah

Zainab Ahmed:

Zainab Ahmed is an accountant. In 2015, she was appointed as the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Upon the resignation of the former Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun on September 14, 2018, Ahmed was appointed as Finance Minister in September 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu:

Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, is a former women leader of APC, president for African political parties.

I am Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, the former women leader of APC and National Women Leader of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, (ANPP).


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