President Bola Tinubu has finally transmitted the highly anticipated ministerial nominees’ list to the Nigerian Senate. The list comprises 28 nominees for various ministerial positions, with women making up a quarter of the nominations.
In his inaugural speech after swearing-in, President Tinubu promised to prioritize women and youth representation in his administration. However, the proportion of women on the list fell short of the 35 percent threshold recommended for Affirmative Action.
Let’s take a closer look at the seven remarkable women who made it to Tinubu’s ministerial list:
- Hanatu Musawa:
A former deputy spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Hanatu holds a law degree from the University of Buckingham, UK, and has rich experience in Nigeria and the UK. She is the President’s Special Adviser on Culture and Entertainment Economy.
- Beta Edu:
Beta is a medical doctor who studied medicine and surgery at the University of Calabar, Cross River State. She served as the Commissioner for Health in Cross River State and was elected National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress.
- Hon Nkiru Onyejeocha:
A distinguished member of the House of Representatives, Hon Onyejeocha has a degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She defected to the All Progressives Congress in 2018 and had been re-elected to the House of Representatives multiple times.
- Stella Okotete:
Stella studied International Studies and Diplomacy at Benson Idahosa University. She is the Executive Director (Business Development) at the Nigeria Export and Import Bank. She has served in various capacities, including as Special Assistant and Adviser to the Executive Governor of Delta State.
- Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye:
A legal practitioner and businesswoman based in Abuja, Uju was the All Progressives Congress’ sole female presidential candidate but later withdrew to support President Tinubu.
- Iman Suleiman Ibrahim:
Educated at the University of Abuja, Iman was the director-general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and later became the Honourable Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons.
- Doris Aniche Uzoka:
Doris is the current Imo State Commissioner for Finance and has a strong background in the finance sector. She has also served on the SA Presidential Policy Advisory Council (National Economy) and has a clean record associated with her name.