President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 11th November 2015 inaugurated his cabinet made up of 36 ministers. Dawn-To-Dusk News reveals the profiles of the 36 ministers who would be working with the President to achieve his transformational agenda.
DR. OKECHUKWU ENELAMAH (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Born fifty years ago, Dr Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah hails from Abia state. He earned a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Nigeria in 1985. He also qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and capped it with an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1994. Enelamah was senior Consultant with Arthur Anderson & Co and also worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and London.
ALH. MUHAMMED BELLO (Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT)
Born January 8, 1959, Muhammed Musa Bello from Adamawa State attended Our Lady’s High School, Kaduna, Barewa College, Zaria and the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Bello graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1980 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1986. Muhammed Musa Bello has had wide professional experience in the private and public sectors of the national economy. For 20 years, Bello served as Director and Board member of Bello Holdings Ltd from 1987. And from 1988 to 1993, he served as member of the Adamawa Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA). Muhammed Musa Bello was Vice-Chairman of the Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba, and Yobe States branch of the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN).
SENATOR UDOMA UDO UDOMA(Minister of Budget and National Planning)
Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma was born on 26th February 1954. He is from Akwa Ibom State. A legal luminary, businessman and politician, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma attended Kings College Lagos. He proceeded to Oxford University, England, where he graduated with a Law Degree and was called to the Bar in 1978. Senator Udoma Udo Udoma served as a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for two terms between 1999 and 2007. He was Chief Whip of the senate from 2004 to 2007. He worked as a lecturer at the University of Lagos before he went into business in 1980. Senator Udoma is currently Chairman and Director of flourishing companies.
SENATOR (DR.) CHRIS NGIGE (Minister of Labour & Employment)
Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige, born 8th of August 1952 in Enugu, is from Anambra State. He attended St. Johns Secondary School, Alor, Anambra State and proceeded to the University of Nigeria Nsukka, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Surgery in 1979. Senator Ngige was Governor of Anambra State between 2003 and 2006 and represented Anambra Central Senatorial District from 2011 to 2015. Before joining politics, he was Medical Officer, National Assembly Clinic, Victoria Island, Lagos and Physician to the Senate President in 1983; He was a Consultant and Assistant Director in charge of Federal Medical Centres, Federal Ministry of Health, between 1994 and 1997 and rose to become a Deputy Director.
SENATOR HEINEKEN LOKPOBIRI(State Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development)
Born 3rd March, 1967, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri from Bayelsa State, studied law at the University of Port-Harcourt in 1994 and was called to the Bar in 1995. He has a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) from Lead Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Senator Lokpobiri began his political career at the state level, where he represented Ekeremor Constituency II and was elected Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly in 1999. From 2003 to 2007, Senator Lokpobiri was a Principal Legal Director at Lokpobiri and Co (Legal Practitioners and Consultants) and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). Senator Lokpobiri represented Bayelsa West Senatorial District in the 6th and 7th National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where he chaired various committees including Committee on Water Resources, Sports and Social Development and Ad-Hoc Committee on the Investigation of the Transportation Sector.
MALLAM ADAMU ADAMU(Minister of Education)
Mallam Adamu Adamu was born in Azare, Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State. He attended Government Secondary School Azare between He obtained his B.Sc Degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and also has a Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He started his working career as an accountant before joining the New Nigerian Newspapers as a Special Correspondent and Member, Editorial Board. He rose to become the Deputy Editor of the Daily Newspaper. Between 2000 and 2001, he was Secretary of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF; Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and Member/Secretary, Strategy Committee of the APC Presidential Transition Committee. Adamu Adamu is fluent in Arabic, Persian and French.
CHIEF AUDU OGBEH (Minister of Agriculute/Development)
Chief Audu Ogbeh who hails from Otukpo in Benue State was born 68 years ago. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French language from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1972 and followed it up with a Masters Degree in Literature from the University of Toulouse, France in 1974.He was a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria from 1972 to 1977 and later became the Head of Department of Languages, Arts and Social sciences in the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo from 1977 to 1979.
Chief Audu Ogbeh was Deputy Speaker in the Benue State legislature from 1979 to 1982 before his appointment as a Minister of Communications and then Minister of Steel Development between 1982 and 1983 . Chief Audu Ogbeh left politics for agricultural business and consultancy in 1984 but came back to team up with the Dr Alex Ekwueme Presidential Campaign in 1998 as its Director-General. Between 2001 and 2005, Chief Audu Ogbeh served as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party. He later joined forces with other democrats to work on the emergence of All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governing party in Nigeria.
HON. MUSTAPHA SHEHURI
Hon. Shehuri was born on July 4th , 1961. He attended Gamboru Primary School, Maiduguri and Government Secondary School, Damagun, Borno. He graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Honourable Shehuri served as a Councillor representing the Lamisula/ Jabbamari Ward of Maiduguri Metropolitan under the old non-party electoral system from 1996 to 1997.
He also served as Council Chairman of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council under the defunct Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM) from 1997 to 1998. Between 1999 and 2003, Hon. Shehuri was a member of the State House of Assembly, representing the Maiduguri Metropolitan State Constituency on the platform of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP). He was a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, representing the Maiduguri Metropolitan Federal Constituency on the platform of the defunct ANPP.
MR. USANI UGURU (Minister of Niger-Delta)
Mr. Usani Uguru hails from Cross River State. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from the University of Jos, Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Calabar; and another Masters degree in Globalisation and Development from the University of London. He is currently a Ph.D student of the Nigerian Defence Academy. Until his appointment as a minister, Usani was the Coordinating Director of Fuzel Mining and Construction Company Limited. He is the current Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Cross Rivers State.
DR. IBE KACHIKWU (State Minister of Petroleum Resources)
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu was born on the 18th of December, 1956 at Onicha-Ugbo, Delta State. He had his primary education at St. Pius Xth Grammar School, Delta before proceeding to Edo College, Benin City for his Secondary School education. Kachukwu studied law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he graduated top of his class in 1978. In the same year, he proceeded to the Nigerian Law School where he graduated top of the class again, bagging 5 of the available 7 top prizes. Dr Kachukwu also attended Harvard University, Cambridge, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Law and a Doctorate Degree in Law respectively. Kachikwu is The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Prior to his appointment as the GMD of NNPC, he was the Executive Vice Chairman of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and the General Counsel for ExxonMobil Nigeria.
DR. OGBONNAYA ONU(Minister of Science and Technology)
Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu was born 64 years ago in Ebonyi State. He attended Mary Knoll College, Ogoja, Cross River State, Izzi High School, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and the College of Immaculate Conception, Enugu. He obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos. He also obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy (PH.D) Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. For a brief period, he was a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Chemical Engineering at his alma mater, University of California, Berkeley. He was also a member of the Research Centre of Western Electric Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.
On his return to Nigeria, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu became the pioneer Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Dr. Onu was a former Governor of Old Abia State, made up of today’s Abia and Ebonyi States. He has also been National Chairman of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), a position he held until the party teamed up with other progressive parties to form the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
DR. OSAGIE EHANIRE (State Minister of Health)
Dr Osagie Ehanire from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State was born on November 4th 1946. A medical doctor, he attended Government College Ibadan, Oyo for his West African School Certificate as well as Higher School Certificate (HSC) and passed the latter with distinction.
He is a graduate of Medicine form the University of Munich. In 1976 he attended the prestigious Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland, Dublin where he obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Anaesthetics as well as Certificates in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery and became a fellow of the famous West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) in 1984.
Dr. Ehanire has worked extensively in Germany as resident Anesthesiologist, resident Vascular Surgeon and resident general surgeon in Thoracic Surgery at various hospitals. He returned to Nigeria in 1982 to work at the Department of Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) University of Benin Teaching Hospital up till 1984 after which he joined Shell Development Company (SPDC) Hospital Warri between 1985 and 1990. Dr. Ehanire has served at various times as a prominent member of the Boards of Edo State Health Management Board and T.Y Danjuma Foundation among others . As a leader of the CPC in Edo State, Dr Ehanire worked towards the emergence of the APC as a formidable party and was also a member of the Buhari Campaign Organisation.
DR. KAYODE FAYEMI (Minister of Solid Minerals)
Dr. John Olukayode Fayemi was born February 9, 1965 in Isan Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State. He attended Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti , Federal School of Arts and Science, Ondo State and proceeded to the University of Lagos for his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Master’s Degree in International Relations at the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University in 1987. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in War Studies from the prestigious King’s College, University of London, England.
He has worked as a lecturer, journalist, researcher and strategy development expert in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He was a research fellow at the African Research and Information Bureau, in the United Kingdom. His numerous academic and public policy engagements included serving as Adviser on International organisations on various developmental programmes, Justice, Regional Integration, Constitutionalism, Security Sector Reform and Civil Military Relations issues. He has also worked with several governments across Africa including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana and Uganda.
After an exhaustive academic career, Dr. Fayemi ventured into politics and was sworn-in as Governor of Ekiti State on 16 October, 2010. He superintended the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which held in Lagos in December of 2014. He also served as the Director of Policy, Research and Planning in the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
MR. GEOFFREY ONYEAMA (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama from Enugu State was born 59 years ago. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia University, in 1977 and proceeded to St. John’s College Cambridge for another Degree and a Master’s in Law in 1980 and 1984 respectively. He was enrolled in the British Bar and the Nigerian Bar in 1981 and in 1983 respectively. Geoffrey Onyeama has had a rich working career in various capacities from 1988 till date. He started work as an Assistant Program Officer in 1985 at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPD) and rose to the rank and position of Deputy Director General, Development Sector, a position he occupied until his nomination as a Minister.
MRS. AMINA MOHAMMED (Minister of Environment)
Mrs Amina J. Mohammed, OFR, was born on 27th of June 1961 in Gombe, Gombe State. She attended Capital School, Kaduna in 1972 for her Primary Six Certificate and Buchan School Isle of Manchester, UK in 1979 for the Ordinary Level Certificate. She further attended Henley Management College also in UK in 1989. A versatile and accomplished mobiliser and Project Coordinator, Mrs Amina Mohammed had served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs between 2005 to 201. She has also served as National Commissioner, Human Rights Commission of Nigeria from 2005 to 2007. Mrs Amina Mohammed is the Assistant Secretary/Special Advisor to the United Nations, Secretary General in New York, USA.
PROF. ANTHONY GOZIE ANWUKAH (State Minister of Education)
Born in 1951, Professor Anthony Gozie Anwukah hails from Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State. Prof. Gozie studied English Language and Literature at the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (1970-1974). He obtained his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Planning at the University of Portland, Oregon, USA in 1975 and bagged a Doctorate Degree in General Curriculum, System Analysis and Social Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA in 1977.
He was a lecturer at the University of Maiduguri and consultant to the National Teachers Institute, Kaduna from 1983-1989. He became a Professor of Education in 1989 at the Imo State University (now Abia State University, Uturu) and was later appointed the Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University. He is a recipient of professional laurels and fellowships of professional associations in Nigeria and the United States.
ENGR. SULEIMAN ADAMU (Minister of Water Resources)
Engineer Suleiman Hussaini Adamu was born in Kazaure Local Government Area of Jigawa State in April 1963. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Engineering in 1984 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also attended the University of Reading, United Kingdom where he obtained a Master Degree in Project Management in 2004. Adamu is a fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (MASCE).
Engineer Adamu is currently the Managing Director of Integrated Engineering Associates (IEA), a leading firm of civil/ structural, electrical, mechanical, and environmental engineering consultancy based in Kaduna, Nigeria. He served as a member of Presidential Campaign Council and Election Monitoring Committee, Buhari-Osinbajo Campaign Organisation 2015.
MRS. ZAINAB AHMED
Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed was born 55 years ago in Kaduna State. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1981 and an MBA from the Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye. She started work in 1982 as an Accountant in Kaduna State Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State and moved to Nigerian Telecommunication Ltd (NITEL) in 1995 where she worked in various departments and rose to the rank of the Deputy General Manager (DGM). In 2010, she was appointed to serve as the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
LT. GEN. ABDULRAHAMAN DAMBAZAU (Minister of Interior)
Lt. General Abdulrahaman Dambazau was born in Kano State on 14th of March 1954. He attended St. Theresa School, Barewa College, Zaria and the Nigeria Defence Academy. He obtained Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the Kent State University, U.S.A and University of Keele, United Kingdom in 1984 and 1989 respectively. General Dambazau was commissioned into the Nigerian Army infantry in 1977 and rose through the ranks to become the Chief of Army Staff in 2009. He is a recipient of the National Honour of Commander of the Federal Republic of (CFR) and the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM). Dr. Dambazau, who diligently served Nigeria as a Military Officer for 36 years in the Army, is a Fellow of many International institutes.
SENATOR HADI SIRIKA (State Minister of Aviation)
Born March 2, 1964 in Katsina, Senator Sirika is a trained pilot. He obtained Aircraft Engineering Maintenance License Certificate from the Flight Safety International Limited in the United States of America. Senator Sirika has vast experiences in road and aviation transport management, having served as the Managing Director of a privately-owned company – Prakia Geo-Mechanik International Limited from 1998 to 1999 and General Manager of Katsina State Transport Authority from 1999 to 2000. He was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2011 to represent Katsina North on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). He was also in the House of Representatives between 2003 to 2007 on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party. Senator Sirika is an avid polo player.
ALHAJI ABUBAKAR MALAMI, SAN (Minister of Justice)
Alhaji Abubakar Malami, SAN, was born on 17th April 1967 and hails from Birnin Kebbi in Kebbi State. He attended Nassarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi and College of Arts and Arabic Studies, Sokoto where he obtained a Grade II Teachers Certificate in 1984. Malami studied law at the Usman Danfodio University Sokoto and attended the Nigeria Law School in 1992.
He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri. A member of the distinguished Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), he has co-authored several publications. Abubakar Salami, SAN, has served as the National Legal Adviser to the defunct The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and also the Chairman, Legal Team of the defunct CPC Presidential Campaign Organization, 2011. He was Deputy Director, Legal Directorate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council 2015, and Member of the APC Transition Committee in 2015.
BARR. ENOJO OCHOLI, SAN (State Minister of Labour & Employment)
Enojo James Ocholi, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),was born on 26th November 1960. He hails from Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi state. James Ocholi studied law at the University of Jos and was called to the Bar in 1986. James Ocholi was a Public Counsel from 1987-1988 in the firm of D.D Peter Achimusi in Idah, Kogi State and thereafter left for private practice. In December of 2007, he was conferred with the prestigious title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. James Ocholi specializes in incorporation of companies; constitutional and commercial law, and conveyance; as well as private and public international law. He has worked as Consultant to Governments, parastatals, banks, financial institutions and corporate bodies. He was the Deputy National Legal Adviser (interim) of the APC and later became the Kogi State Coordinator of Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign organisation.
ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED ( Minister of Information)
Alhaji Lai Mohammed was born on 6th December, 1951 in Igbaja, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. He attended Native Authority Primary School, Igbaja, Government Secondary School, Okene in present day Kogi state. Alhaji Lai Mohammed attended the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University between 1971 and 1976 where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degree, 2nd Class Upper in French. He also holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Lagos in 1985 and graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1986.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed has over the years garnered a lot of experience in politics since joining the Social Democratic Party in 1990. In 1997 he joined National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and later in 1998 became the coordinator, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation. He emerged as the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, and subsequently elected as the substantive National Publicity Secretary and has remained in that position till his appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
MR. BABATUNDE FASHOLA, SAN (Minister of Power, Works & Housing)
Born June 28, 1963 in Lagos, Babatunde Fashola, SAN attended Sunny Fields Primary School, Birch Freeman High School and Igbobi College, all in Lagos. He proceeded to the University of Benin where he obtained a Degree in Law in 1987 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1988. After completion of the mandatory NYSC, Fashola went into private legal practice, which flourished for over fifteen years and was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN . Mr. Babatunde Fashola was in 2002 appointed Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and was elected Governor of Lagos state for two terms from 2007 to 2015. Babatunde Fashola, who has served both Lagos state Government and the Federal government meritoriously in various capacities is a recipient of several certificates of merit and awards.
MALLAM IBRAHIM JIBRIL (State Minister of Environment)
Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril was born 57 years ago in Nasarawa State. He attended Community Secondary School Nasarawa and the College of Preliminary Studies Yola, Adamawa State. He also attended Bayero University Kano, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education majoring in Geography. He later obtained a Master of Science Degree in Land Resources with specialization in Land Administration.
Mallam Ibrahim Jibril has worked as a teacher and instructor in Geography at a number of educational institutions in Nasarawa State and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. In 2012, he was appointed Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Nasarawa State and doubled as Project Manager of Nasarawa Geographic Information System (NAGIS) where he established the Nasarawa Development Platform (NDP).
HON. BAWA ABUBAKAR ( State Minister of Solid Minerals)
Honourable Bawa Bwari Abubakar was born on 4th November 1963. He attended Mohammed Bankanu Primary School, Sokoto and Madaki Primary school, Minna from where he proceeded to Government Secondary School Bida for his Senior School certificate. He also attended the School of Basic Studies, Zaria and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Urban and Regional planning.
Honourable Bwari was elected and served as a member of the House of Representatives representing Gurara and Tafa Federal Constituency between June 1999 and June 2007. He was also the Niger State governorship candidate on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011.
MRS. FOLAKEMI ADEOSUN (Minister of Finance)
Mrs. Folakemi Adeosun was born on 9th March 1967. She graduated with Upper Second Class Honours in Applied Economics from the University of East London in 1989. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Public Financial Management from the University of London and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
Her work experience has spanned over two decades including the London Borough of Southwark, Price Water House Coopers (UK), Chapel Hill Denham Group and the Ogun State Government. Adeosun, who is the immediate past Honourable Commissioner for Finance in her home State of Ogun has a global certification of expertise in Financial Management, Revenue Generation Strategy, Engagement with International investors and Capital Providers , among others.
PROF. CLAUDIUS DARAMOLA ( State Minister of Niger-Delta)
Professor Claudius Omoleye Daramola was born on 20th of January 1949. He hails from Ode Aye in Okitipupa Local government area of Ondo State. He attended Divisional Teachers Training College, Okitipupa from 1967-1969. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from University of Sokoto . He also holds a Masters and Doctorate Degrees from University of Jos and University of Ilorin respectively. Professor Daramola has held many administrative positions at the University and national levels. He has served on quite a number of committees in the University and edited and/or co-edited several academic journals within and outside of Nigeria. He was a member of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign team in Ondo State.
PROF. ISSAC ADEWOLE ( Minister of Health)
Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole is from Osun State. He attended Ilesha Grammar School and proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Medicine in 1978. He became a Professor of Medicine from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in 1997, and was appointed Provost, College of Medicine in 2002.
Professor Adewole has worked at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan in different capacities. Until his nomination as a Minister, he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, a position he has occupied since 2010.He is similarly an adjunct professor, North-Western University, Chicago, Illinois, USA – a position he has held since 2010. Professor Adewole is a recipient of several scholarships, fellowships and awards.
ALHAJI ADEBAYO SHITTU (Minister of Communications)
Born 23rd March, 1953 in Shaki, Oyo State, Alhaji Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu obtained his Middle School Leaving Certificate with a distinction from the Ministry of Education, Ghana in 1969 . He also attended Baptist High School, Shaki, from January 1970 to July 1973. He obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ife in 1978. Alhaji Shittu was Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Oyo State from January to May, 2007.
Alhaji Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu was a member of the Constitution Review Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC). He was also the gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Oyo State in 2011 and also a gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Oyo State in 2014. He was the Chief Collation Officer for APC in the 2015 Presidential Election for Shaki-West, East/Tibo Federal Constituency.
BARR. SOLOMON DALUNG (Minister of Youth and Sports)
Barrister Solomon Selcap Dalung was born in Sabon-Gida in Langtang South local Government Area of Plateau State on the 26th of September 1964. Mr. Dalung is a lawyer, Academician, International Political Analyst, Human Rights Advocate and Community Leader. He attended Local Education Authority (LEA) Sabon-Gida, and obtained the General Certificate in Education in 1990. He also attended University of Jos where he obtained his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Law in 2001 and 2008 respectively. He was called to the Bar in 2001 and has been in legal practice since. Mr. Dalung was a lecturer of International Law and Jurisprudence between 2004 and 2011. He became Chairman, Langtang South Local Government Council between 2007 and 2008. He was a Gubernatorial Aspirant on the platform of APC in Plateau State in the 2015 Election.
RT. HON. ROTIMI AMAECHI ( Minister of Transport)
Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was born on 27th May 1965 at Umuordu-Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. Amaechi graduated from University of Port Harcourt where he obtained Bachelors and Masters Degree in English.
He started work as a Public Relations Officer (PRO) with Pamo Clinics and Hospitals Ltd, Port Harcourt 1988. In 1992 Amaechi was appointed Special Assistant to the Governor of Rivers State at that time, Chief Rufus Ada-George. He was also Personal Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir Peter Odili.
Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi joined politics in 1999 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He emerged the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly for two terms. He was elected Governor of Rivers State also for two terms during which he was Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum from May 2011 to May 2015.
He was Director General of Presidential Campaign Organization that worked assiduously for the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
MRS. AISHA ABUBAKAR (State Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment)
Aisha Abubakar from Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State was born on 20th of July, 1966. She attended Corona School and Queen’s College, Lagos and proceeded to the United Kingdom to complete her Ordinary and Advanced level certificates. She later obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick in 1990 and completed her Master’s Degree in Development Studies at the University of Leeds, in 1991.
She worked at the African Development Bank (ADB), Abidjan as Senior Bilateral Co-operation Officer from 1993 to 1997 and in the Lagos office of ADB from 1998 to 1999. From 2010, Aisha Abubakar worked at the Abuja Enterprise Agency, rising to the position of Managing Director in 2013, a position she held until June this year. Before her ministerial nomination, Aisha Abubakar was the Director, Corporate Services in the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
SENATOR AISHA ALHASSAN (Minister of Women Affairs)
Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan was born on 16th September, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State. She attended Muhammadu Nya Primary School, Jalingo and the Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary School, Tudun Wada, Kaduna. She obtained a Degree in Law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1985. Senator Aisha joined Kaduna State Judiciary in 1988.
Between 1990 and 1992 she served as Technical Aid Corps Volunteer to the Republic of Fiji where she was the Senior Legal Officer to the Native Land Trust Board Suva, Republic of Fiji.
From 1992, Senator Aisha Alhassan was a Magistrate at FCT Judiciary and became Deputy Chief Registrar of the High Court of the FCT in 1997.
She was appointed Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Taraba State in 1999. She returned to serve as the as Secretary FCT Judicial Service Committee Abuja between November 2002 and December 2003 after which she became Chief Registrar, High Court of FCT until 2009 when she voluntarily retired from Public Service to join politics. In 2011, Aisha Alhassan was elected as Senator representing Taraba North Senatorial zone and contested the 2015 elections as the Governorship Candidate of the APC.
HON. KHADIJA ABBA IBRAHIM (State Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, from Yobe State, was born on 6th January 1967 into the family of Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim, the prominent politician in the First and Second Republic known as the advocate of politics without bitterness. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim attended Kaduna Capital School and Queen’s College Lagos. In 1980, she proceeded to Headington School, Oxford and Padworth College, Reading, United Kingdom where she obtained National Diploma in Business and Finance.
In 1989, she graduated from Roehampton Institute for Higher Education, an Institute affiliated to University of Surrey with a degree in Business Studies and Sociology. Between 1989-1990, she worked with Abbey National Building Society Temple, North Finchley, U.K. She veered into politics in 2004 when she was appointed Commissioner for Transport and Energy, Yobe State. Until her appointment as Minister, she was representing Damaturu/Gujba constituency in the Federal House of Representatives.
BRIG. GEN. MUHAMMED DAN-ALI (Defence)
Brigadier General Mansur Muhammed Dan Ali (retired) was born on August 25, 1959 in Birnin Magaji, Zamfara State. He attended Birnin Magaji Primary School and Government Secondary School, Shinkafi Zamfara State. He obtained Higher National Diploma in Photogrammetry and Surveying from the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna in 1982.
Brigadier General Dan-Ali (retired) undertook various military courses at the Nigeria Defence Academy, and was awarded Short Service Course (SSC 25) NDA in 1984. He proceeded to Bayero University, Kano and obtained a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) in 2009. He also holds a Masters Degree in Security Studies from the Bangladesh University of Professionals. After his commissioning as a Lieutenant, he served in different capacities as Battery Captain, Adjutant and Battery Commander. He has been decorated with several medals which include Forces Meritorious and Distinguished Service Stars, Pass Services Course (Dagger) Field Command Medals among others.