President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list has finally been unveiled after months of waiting.
On Tuesday, October 6, the Senate President Bukola Saraki made public the names of those on the list submitted to it by President Buhari last week.
Only three women made it to the list which contains 20 names. They are Aisha Alhassan, Kemi Adeosun and Amina Mohammed.
1. Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan
She’s the president’s ministerial nominee representing Taraba. Born on September 16, 1959, Al-Hassan is a Nigerian politician who won the senatorial seat for Taraba North constituency of Taraba state in the April 2011 federal elections under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). She was one of four women elected on the PDP platform.
She later decamped to the All Progressive Congress (APC) where she clinched the party’s governorship ticket for the 2015 general elections.
This victory saw her become the first female to clinch the governorship ticket on the platform of the APC in the state. The Independent National Electoral Commission declared the April 11 polls in the state inconclusive. She was however, defeated in the election re-run held on 25th of April 2015 and failed to become Nigeria’s 1st female democratically elected governor.
During the campaign period, Buhari had urged Taraba state natives to support Al-Hassan, saying the APC was committed to women’s rights and empowerment.
2. Kemi Adeosun
She’s the president’s ministerial nominee representing Ogun. Adeosun, who hails from Ogun state was born in 1967. She served as Commissioner of Finance in her state. She was born and bred in London. A graduate of Economics from the University of East London, she is a finance professional with over 23-years experience gained in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales, as well as Nigeria. Adeosun is referred to by some as ‘the Diezani of Ogun state’.
She is on the list proposed new commissioners which Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State forwarded to the state House of Assembly for approval recently.
3. Amina J. Mohammed
She’s the president’s ministerial nominee representing Kaduna. Born in 1961, she was appointed the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning on June 7, 2012. She worked as senior adviser to the Nigerian President on Millennium Development Goals for six years. She worked in the United Nations Millennium Project as a coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education between 2002 and 2005.
Amina, whose mother is Caucasian, is said to be an indigene of Gombe state.
Senator Babajide Omoworare, representing Osun East senatorial district, spoke to reporters in the morning of October 6, 2015 before the reading of Buhari’s ministerial list commenced.
In a brief interview he told more about the proceedings, explained how the ministerial screening in 2015 will be different of what the lawmakers had in the past. Learn more from the video below: