Buhari creates new Ministries
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Buhari creates new Ministries
The long awaiting list for the ministerial appointments is finally out, 43 Politicians have been selected to take various positions in the Nigerian Government seat of Power, hopefully we await a good result. Below are the names and Positions given to each minister.


1. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah
STATE: Abia
Ogah attended Ishiagu High School, after which he worked at West African Examination Council (WAEC) from 1986–89, before he proceeded to the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu State where he obtained Upper Credit at Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in 1992 and Distinction at the Higher National Diploma (HND) Level in 1995 in Accounting. He also attended University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in 2005. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree (Banking and Finance) from Ogun State University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Lagos. Ogah obtained his ACA in 2007. He is a Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN); Fellow, Institute of Brand Management of Nigeria; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Shipping; Fellow, Employment & Career and member, Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Career
Ogah began his career as a banker with a year of National Youth Service year at NAL Bank Plc. Thereafter, he took up full employment at All States Trust Bank where he worked for around two years before joining Zenith Bank in 1997. At Zenith Bank, he set a record of growing a new branch from zero balance sheets to over N9 billion and rose to the position of an Assistant General Manager (AGM) in Zenith Bank.
Portfolio: Ministry of State, Mines and steel Development.


2. Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello
STATE: Adamawa
Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello was born in 1959 in Adamawa state. He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where he obtained a B.Sc. in Management with a major in Banking and Finance in 1980 as well as an MBA in the same field.

Career
As an expert in banking, industry, business and public service, he was at various times in charge of credit and marketing at the ICON Merchant Bank Plc and later a Director at Habib Bank Plc and several other top ranking firms. He was Managing Director of the Bakabure Industrial Complex, Yola. He also has been member of several sub-committees of the defunct Technical Committee on Privatization and Commercialization (TCPC). He has been very active in the promotion of enterprise and commerce in Adamawa State, and played an active role as an official of the Adamawa Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA). He was immediate past FCT minister.
Portfolio: Minister of Federal Capital Territory


3. Godswill Akpabio

STATE: Akwa Ibom
The son of Chief Obot Akpabio and Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor) of Ukana, Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area. He was born on 9 December 1962. He lost his father early in life and was raised by his mother.

Educationb
Akpabio was educated at Methodist Primary School, Ukana, Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom State; the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; and the University of Calabar, Cross River State, where he obtained a Degree in Law.

While at the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, he was appointed the Senior Prefect. In the University of Calabar, Akpabio was elected as the speaker of the parliamentary year.

Career
Akpabio had a brief stint as a teacher and as an associate partner with Paul Usoro and Co., a law firm in Nigeria. Akpabio also worked with EMIS Telecoms Limited, a wireless telecommunications company in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2002, he rose to the position of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company. In this position, he helped in shaping the future of the burgeoning telecoms industry. He had earlier served as the National Publicity Secretary of the Association of Telecommunication Companies in Nigeria, (ATCOM), while a director of EMIS.
Portfolio: Minister of the Niger Delta.


4. Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige

STATE: Anambra
A medical doctor by profession, Ngige graduated from the University of Nigeria-Nsukka in 1979. He immediately went into the civil service, serving at the National Assembly and State House clinics at different times. He retired in 1998 as a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health.

Career
Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige joined politics, becoming a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) In 1999, he was Assistant National Secretary and Zonal Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East region of Nigeria.

In 2003, he was elected governor of Anambra State in controversial circumstances. He quickly broke ranks with his political godfather, Chris Uba brother of Andy Uba, after an unsuccessful attempt on 10 July 2003 to have him removed from office, through a fabricated letter of resignation which the state assembly accepted. In August, 2005, an election Tribunal led by Justice Nabaruma nullified Ngige's 2003 victory.
Portfolio: Minister of Labour and Employment


5. Barr. Sharon Ikeazor

STATE: Anambra
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.

Career
She has 27 years’ post-graduation experience as a Solicitor and Advocate and a 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).
Until her nomination as minister by President Mohammadu Buhari is currently Executive Secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, she is said to have been commended by Pensioners in Nigeria for various achievement she has recorded within the few years that she assumed office.
Portfolio: Minister of Environment


6. Adamu Adamu

STATE: Bauchi
Adamu was born on 25 May 1956 in Katagum, Bauchi State. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University where he obtained bachelor's degree in Accounting. He also obtained master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University's School of Journalism. Adamu is polyglot, being fluent in Arabic, Persian, Fulfulde, Hausa, and French.

Career
After graduation from University, Adamu worked briefly as an accountant in his home state Bauchi before venturing into Journalism where he rose through the ranks to become Deputy Editor of now defunct New Nigerian newspaper. An accountant, writer, former journalist and a Former Minister of Education. He was appointed minister by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 2015, along with 35 others, when the president made his first major appointments. Before his appointment, Adamu wrote backpage column for Media Trust's titles and often syndicated by many news outlets including London-based Crescent International. br Porfolio: Minister of Education.


7. Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum

Katagum holds a Masters in Administration and Planning from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor of Arts, B.A in English, a Graduate Certificate in Education at the Ahmadu Bello University, as well as a Certificate in Social Development Policy, Planning and Practice at the University College, London. She was awarded a UNESCO Fellowship in 1999.

Career
Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO in June 2009. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador, Mrs. Katagum served as the Secretary General of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO from 2001, after fifteen years of stewardship at the Commission. FG to intensify effort in blocking leakages, diversifying economy. Mrs. Katagum has served on a number of national and international Committees and Panels throughout her career. In particular she was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the African World Heritage Fund between 2009 and 2011; Chairperson of the West Africa Group in UNESCO in 2009 and 2012; Chair of the E-9 Group at UNESCO in 2010 to 2012; Member, representing Nigeria, on the UNESCO Headquarters’ Committee in 2011-2013; Temporary Chairperson of the PX Commission of the Executive Board, 191st Session in 2013 and Chairperson of the Preparatory Group, of the Executive Board, 197th Session in 2015.
Portfolio: Minister of state, Industry, Trade and Investment.


8. Timipre Silva

STATE: Bayelsa
A graduate of English Studies/Linguistics from the University of Port Harccourt (1982-1986).

Career
Sylva was born in Brass, Bayelsa (formerly Rivers State, of which Bayelsa State was split off from in 1996), and was educated there and in Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria. He was a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly in the 1990s.
As a candidate of the People's Democratic Party Sylva won the Bayelsan gubernatorial election on May 29, 2007 and succeeded Goodluck Jonathan who went on to the position of Vice President. During his inauguration he said that Bayelsa was "the least developed industrially and commercially" of all 36 states
Sylva's opponent in the 2007 election, Ebitimi Amgbare of the Action Congress, legally challenged his victory. Although the Bayelsa State Election Petitions Tribunal upheld Sylva's election, Amgbare took the matter to the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt which overturned the Tribunal's decision and nullified Sylva's election on April 15, 2008. The Appeal Court's five justices were unanimous in their decision and ordered that Speaker Werinipre Seibarugo be sworn in to replace Sylva as acting Governor, with a new election to be held within three months.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Petroleum


9. George Akume

State: BENUE
George Akume obtained a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Labour Relations from the University of Ibadan. He became a career civil servant who rose to the apex of the professional career ladder as a permanent secretary. He now resides in Abuja, Nigeria

Career
In 1999, he became governor of Benue State and served two terms of four years each. He won elections to represent the people of Benue as a senator for Benue North-West in Nigeria's senate.[1] Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West in the April 2011 elections, running on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform. He polled 261,726 votes, defeating Terngu Tsegba of the PDP who won 143,354 votes. He was again re-elected to the senate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. He is currently the chairman senate committee on army and a ranking member of senate.
Portfolio: Minister of Special Duties.


10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri

STATE: Borno

Career
The immediate past minister State, Works, Power and Housing and a former member of the House of Representatives.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development


11. Goddy Jedy Agba

STATE: Cross River
Goddy was born into a royal family in Obudu in the year 1958 by HRH Uti J.D. Agba, the paramount ruler from Obudu, Cross Rivers state. According to Thisday newspaper, "Agba is the first son of HRH Uti J.D. Agba, the paramount ruler of Obudu Area Council reputed to be the longest serving traditional ruler in Cross River State. Agba’s father has been on the throne for over 50 years and he is a three-time chairman of the State traditional council" He bagged his first degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State In 1983. In 1989, he proceeded to University of Lagos, Akoka for his Master’s Degree in International Law and Diplomacy. He was honored as an Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) On September 2012.

Career
Goddy joined the Federal civil service in September 1984 as an Assistant Secretary II. He was posted as a senior assistant secretary to the Federal Development Authority (FDA) in Lagos On October 1985. in the same office, he was promoted to the post of Deputy Liason Officer in 1987.He became the personal assistant to the minister of special duties under the presidency, state house-Lagos.In 1989, Agba was selected as personal assistant to the minister of special duties under the presidency, He was moved to the ministry of foreign affairs as personal assistant to the minister of state on foreign affairs in December 1990.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Power


12. Festus Keyamo

STATE: Delta
He was born on January 21, 1970 at Ughelli, a town in Delta State southern Nigeria but his father hails from Effurun, a city in Delta. Keyamo had his primary education at Model Primary School and secondary education at Government College, Ughelli, where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1986. He later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University at Ekpoma, in Edo State southern Nigeria where he received a Bachelor of Law degree in 1992 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on December 1993.

Career
He began his legal career in 1993 at Gani Fawehinmi's Chambers in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria. After he spent two years at Gani Fawehinmi's chambers, he left to establish Festus Keyamo Chambers.
He was counsel to the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in his trial for treasonable felony and lead counsel in the treason trial of Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). Keyamo was also a counsel in the murder of Bola Ige. In 2008, he took the Federal Government of Nigeria to court over illegal appointments of service chiefs.
Porfolio: Minister of State, Niger Delta.


13. Ogbonnaya Onuh

State: Enugu
Ogbonnaya Onu was born on the 1st of December 1951, to the family of His Royal Highness, Late Eze David Aba Onu (Eze Adu of Uburu) in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State Nigeria. He started his education at Izzi High School in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital. Here, he obtained grade one with distinction in his West African School Certificate Examination. He also sat for the High School Examination at College of Immaculate Conception (C.I.C) Enugu, graduating as the overall best student. He proceeded to the University of Lagos and graduated with a first class degree in Chemical Engineering in 1976. He went for his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained a PhD in Chemical engineering in 1980.

Career
After his graduation from the University of Lagos, Ogbonnaya Onu became a teacher at St. Augustine's Seminary, Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi State. After the completion his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Onu became a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, and later became the pioneer Head of the Department. He also served as the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and was also elected as a Member of the Governing Council of the University. Ogbonnaya Onu started his political Career as an aspirant for a Senatorial seat in the old Imo State on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He contested for the position of Governor of Abia State in 1991 under the umbrella of the National Republican Convention and won. He was sworn in as the first Executive Governor of the State in January 1992. He was the first Chairman, Conference of Nigerian elected Governors. In 1999, he was the Presidential flag bearer for the All People's Party but relinquished the position to Chief Olu Falae after a merger of his party with the Alliance for Democracy who lost to Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP.
Portfolio: Minister of Science and technology


14. Geoffrey Onyema

State: Enugu
Onyeama was born to the family of Nigerian jurist Charles Onyeama. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Political Science from Columbia University, New York in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Law from St John's College, Cambridge in 1980. He holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1982 and a Masters of Arts (M.A) in Law from St John's College, Cambridge in 1984. Onyeama was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1983 and was also called to the English Bar of the Grey's Inn in 1981.

Career
Onyeama began his career as a Research Officer in the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Lagos from 1983 to 1984. He then worked as a lawyer with Mogboh and Associates in Enugu, Nigeria from 1984 to 1985. In 1985, he joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as an Assistant Programme Officer for Development Cooperation and External Relations, Bureau for Africa and Western Asia. He rose through the ranks at the WIPO to become Deputy Director General for the Development Sector in 2009. In November 2015 he was appointed Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Portfolio: Minister of Foreign Affairs.


15. Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire

STATE: Edo
After his primary education, he attended Government College Ibadan in Oyo state for his West African School Certificate and he excelled at his Higher School Certificate examination there. He later studied Medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany qualifying as a physician. He went on to the Teaching Hospital of the University of Duisburg and Essen and to the BG Accident Hospital in Duisburg, Germany for his post graduate education. In 1976, he attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where he obtained postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthetics. He got his Board Certification in both General Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the Medical Board of North Rhine Westphalia in Duesseldorf, Germany. In 1984, he became a Fellow of West African College of Surgeons.

Career
Dr Osagie Ehanire worked to a great extent in Germany as Resident Anesthesiologist, Resident Vascular Surgeon and Resident General Surgeon in Thoracic Surgery at various hospitals. He also served as Clinical Instructor, Fracture Internal Fixation Course at BG Accident Hospital in Duisburg, Germany. On his return to Nigeria in 1982, he worked at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital as Senior Registrar in the Department of Surgery (Orthopedic Surgery), a position he held until 1984. Between 1985 and 1990, he joined the Shell Petroleum Development Company Hospital as a Divisional Consultant Surgeon. He also served at various times on the medical review board of Edo State Hospital Management Board and remains as a Trustee of TY Danjuma Foundation.
Portfolio: Minister of Health


16. Clement Agba

State: Edo
Clem was born to the family of His Royal Highness, Pius Kadiri Ikanade Agba; the Oliola of Uzanu. Clem started his primary education in St Vincent Primary School, Auchi after which he proceeded to St. John’s Grammar School, Fugar and had his higher school certificate from Advanced College Igueben in 1982. Clem thereafter attended the then Bendel State University, now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and graduated with a B.Sc Economics degree in 1985. He also possesses two Masters Degrees in Business Administration, one from the University of Benin, Benin-City with specialization in Management and the other from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA with specialization in Supply Chain Management.

Career
In recognition of his immense talents and unwavering commitment to service and development of society, he responded to the clarion call of our Comrade Governor, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole to join the rescue team that is fully charged and prepared to take Edo State to the highest possible height in political governance and development. They have not failed in this endeavour.
As the Commissioner in the Edo State Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities from January 23, 2009 to July 25, 2010, he displayed strong leadership and brought in new energy and momentum to public governance. On July 26th 2010, Clem was further saddled with new challenge as Commissioner of Lands, Survey & Housing in Edo State. Haven initiated the required fundamental reforms in the Ministry of Lands, Surveys & Housing within a record time of five (5) months including the setup of the Edo State Geographic Information Services (EGIS); he was re-deployed back to the Ministry of Environment & Public Utilities on December 2, 2010.
Portfolio: Minister of Budget and National Panning.


17. Richard Adeniyi Adebayo

State: Ekiti
He attended University of Lagos where he studied Law and obtained (LL.B Hons).

Career
Chief Niyi Adebayo (born February 4th 1958) is a Nigerian politician and traditional aristocrat. He served as the first Executive Governor of Ekiti State from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2003 and represents the Alliance for Democracy (AD). Adebayo has been associated with APC, and he is currently a top chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Niyi has extensive experience in a wide range of disputes & legal and advisory work. His more notable achievements have been in the areas of project finance, oil and gas, contract procurement and business facilitation. He is a member of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Bar Association (IBA). Niyi is a keen sportsman and plays tennis, squash and football.
He holds the chieftaincy title of Otunba.
Portfolio: Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment.


18. Name: Ali Isa Pamtami

State: Gombe
Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) was born on 20 October 1972 in Gombe State, Nigeria. His mother was Hajiya Amina Umar Aliyu and his father was Alhaji Ali Ibrahim Pantami. He started his education by attending traditional School for memorizing the Qur'an, called "Tsangaya School." He spent more than four years in the school. He later joined primary school in Pantami. He attended Government Science Secondary School in Gombe. After his secondary education, he spent additional two years seeking for more religious knowledge before moving to university. He studied Computer Science at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, Nigeria, gaining a BTech in 2003 Session and an MSc in 2008, before obtaining a PhD from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. He spent his life pursuing both formal and informal education, by switching from one form to another.

Career
Pantami lectured at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Information Technology before joining the Islamic University of Madinah as Head of Technical Writing in 2014. In 2016, he was appointed as the Director General/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). He was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of 13 newly appointed chief executives for 13 government agencies.His directive for NITDA upon employment was to develop the ICT infrastructure in the North East in the aftermath of the destruction caused by Boko Haram insurgency.
Portfolio: Minister of Communications.


19. Emeka Nwajiuba
State: Imo
Emeka Nwajiuba was born shortly after the break out of the Biafran war in August 20, 1967. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1989, pursued his LLM at University of Lagos and PhD at University of Jos.

Career
He had served as House of Representatives committee chairman on Land, Housing and works from 1999 to 2003 before contesting Imo governorship on the platform of APP in 2003, 2007 and as CPC candidate in 2011. He was secretary of the Constitution drafting committee that produced the Constitution of the merger committee to form APC in 2013. Portfolio: Minister of State, Education.


20. Suleiman Hussein Adamu

STATE: Jigawa
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).

Career
The Minister of Water Resources of Nigeria is a cabinet official in the Nigerian Federal Executive Council. The Minister is assisted by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, a career civil servant. The current Minister of Water Resources is Engineer Suleiman Hussein Adamu and the permanent secretary is Dr Musa Wen Ibrahim At various times the ministry has been amalgamated with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. In April 2010 when Goodluck Jonathan appointed Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah as Minister of Agriculture, the Ministry of Water Resources became separate from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Portfolio: Minister of Water Resources.


21. Zainab Ahmed

STATE: Kaduna
EDUCATION
Ahmed was born in Kaduna State. She had her secondary school education at Queen Amina College, Kaduna, and later proceeded to have her A'Level in Zaria.[4] She got her first degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University in 1981, after-which she proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University for her MBA.
Ahmed’s MBA was obtained in August 2004 from the Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye; while her BSc Accounting (1981) was from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria; IJMB ‘A’ Levels (1979) from SBS/ABU Zaria; and WASC ‘O’ Level in 1977 from Queen Amina College, Kaduna.

Career
ainab Shamsuna was the immediate past executive secretary and national coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). She was also a member of the last two NEITI boards, having worked in the NEITI and global EITI.
An accountant by profession with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from ABU Zaria and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Ahmed, in her biography, says she has “extensive knowledge and diverse experience in public sector reform and management.”
Upon graduation, Ahmed was employed in 1982 as an Accountant II in the Main Accounts 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 primary assignment to Messrs. Egunjobi Suleiman & Co. Chartered Accountants, and served as an Audit Trainee.
Portfolio: Minister of Finance.


22. Mohammed Mahmud

State: Kaduna
Justice Mohammed was born on November 10, 1946 in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State, northeastern Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor of Law degree at Ahmadu Bello University in 1970 and was called to the Nigerian bar, the same year he graduated from the Nigerian Law School.

Career
He joined the services of the Ministries of Justice of the defunct North-eastern state as a barrister and in 1991, he became the acting Chief Judge of Taraba State, the same year his appointment was confirmed as the Chief Judge of the state. In 2005, he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Justice. In November 2014, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria to succeed Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, the first female Justice of Nigeria. Justice Mahmud Mohammed is currently the Chairman of the National Judicial Council.
Portfolio: Minister of Environment.

23. Sabo Nanono

State: Kano
Attended Birnin-Kudu Secondary school, Kano State, Government College, Kano and he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State. He graduated in 1972. He also attended Harvard Business school, Harvard University, Massachussetts, USA, 1994.

Career
Started out as a planning officer, with the Kano State Government, Kano. Later he became a lecturer at the Ahmadu University, Zaria, Kaduna State and moved on to Senior Investment Executive, New Nigeria Development Company Limited.
Portfolio: Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.


24. Major Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd)

STATE: Kano
Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (RTD) was appointed Governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria from August 1990 to January 1992 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Magashi is a lawyer and a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. He holds a national award of CFR.{ABU.edu.ng}

Career
During the intrigues leading to General Sani Abacha's assumption of power in November 1993, Brig. General Bashir S Magashi was given command of the Brigade of Guards in September. He was a member of the Abacha Military Caucus that reviewed the military and the political situation resulting from annulment of the 12 June 1993, issuing a report title The Way Forward with recommendations for a partial military regime.
Shortly after democracy was restored in May 1999, the government announced the compulsory retirement of all armed forces officers who had served for six or more months in military governments, including Major-General Bashir Magashi. In 2002, he was legal advisor to the All Nigeria People's Party ANPP.
In April 2007 he was Kano State governorship candidate of the Democratic People's Party (DPP).
Portfolio: Minister of Defence.


25. Hadi Sirika

State: Katsina
Sen. Sirika Hadi is a former pilot, Former General Manager Katsina State Transport Authority, Former Member House of Representative, and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who represents Katsina North Senatorial District under the platform ofCongress for Progressive Change. Sirika held the position of (Vice-Chairman) of the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) Committee set by the Nigerian Senate. He became a senator in 2011. He is currently the minister for aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Career
As a former pilot, Sirika is a member of the Senate Committee on Aviation. He bares his mind, undisguised, about how not to own a private aircraft through corrupt means. He also spoke about other issues bordering on piloting and the Aviation sector, in an interview with Jamila Nuhu Musa and Augustine Aminu. He also spoke on President Jonathan’s poor grasp of his brief and on a number topical issue.
Portfolio: Minister of Aviation.


26. Abubakar Malami

State: KEBBI Abubakar Malami was born on 17 April 1967 in Birnin Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi State, Northern Nigeria. His early formal education began at Nassarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi before he completed his secondary school education at College of Arts and Arabic Studies. In 1991, he graduated from Usmanu Danfodiyo University where he studied Law and was called to the bar in 1992. Abubakar is an alumnus of the University of Maiduguri where he obtained his master's degree in Public Administration in 1994.

Career
As a legal practitioner, Abubakar has served in various capacities including being a counsel and magistrate in Kebbi State and as National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change. Abubakar Malami was actively involved in the formation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013 as the resource person to the Manifesto Drafting Sub-Committee of Inter Joint Party Merger Committees between the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
Portfolio: Minister of Justice.


27. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

STATE: Kogi

Career
Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, (born 12 June, 1970) is a Nigerian politician who hails from Kogi State, Nigeria. She was the National Woman Leader of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) later All Progressive Congress (APC) after the party and other political parties merged (2014 - 2018). She has supported the incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari during his second term presidential campaign, where she criticised the opposition candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of not bringing anything important to the development of the country while he was the vice president of Nigeria, and called on Nigerians not to expect anything from him as he has nothing to offer again. She was previously elected the president of the Council of African Political Parties. Tijjani is currently nominated to be a Nigerian minister by president Muhammadu Buhari on July 22, 2019 and would be confirmed after a successful screening from the National Assembly.
Portfolio: Minister of State, FCT.


28. Lai Mohammed

STATE: Kwara
He was born into the family of Alhaji Mohammed Adekeye in 1952. He is a native of Oro in Kwara State. He earned a bachelor's degree in French from Obafemi Awolowo University, in the year 1975. He proceeded to obtain a Law degree from the University of Lagos, and then Nigerian Law School in 1986. As a practicing Lawyer, Alhaji Lai Mohammed co-founded the legal firm of Edu & Mohammed as a Senior Partner in 1989.

Career
Alhaji Lai Mohammed is a businessman and served as the Chairman of Optmedia Limited, a subsidiary of Afromedia Plc since December 18, 2008. He served as a Director of Afromedia PLC since May 2011. In October 2002, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was a candidate for governor in the April 2003 Kwara State elections on the Alliance for Democracy platform. He was assaulted and five vehicles in his convoy were smashed in front of Senator Suleiman Ajadi's campaign office at Oke-Onigbin during a festivity. He served as Governor Tinubu's Chief of Staff during his first term. Lai Mohammed is an active politician and was the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nigeria. He was on November 11, 2015 sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari as Minister of Information and Culture following his appointment and successful screening by the Nigerian Senate. Portfolio: Minister of Information.


29. Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki

State:KWARA
Saraki attended the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and earned a bachelor's degree in Economics. She did her national service at the Nigeria Bank for Commerce and Industry, Lagos. She worked for the Societe Generale Bank (Nigeria) as Head of Money Markets and later as Head of Domiciliary Accounts. From 1994 to 1999 she was Executive Director of Ashmount Insurance Brokers, Lagos. She is widely known for her intelligence, philanthropy, and love for education. It is on record that besides her father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, no politician from the North-central zone has given out as many scholarships as Gbemi Saraki. Gbemi Saraki is Kwara's biggest grassroots mobilizer.

Career
Gbemisola R. Saraki was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 1999 under the umbrella of the All People's Party (APP) 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. She re-contested in 2007 and won again, serving as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for eight years. 2003-2011. She is the female legislator with the highest number of sponsored bills in Nigeria.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Transportation.


30. Babatunde Raji Fashola

STATE: Lagos
Babatunde Raji Fashola of Yoruba origin, from Lagos, was born in Lagos on 28 June 1963. He attended Birch Freeman High school Lagos and Igbobi College Lagos. He studied Law at the University of Benin from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B.(Hon), degree in 1987.

Career
He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in November 1988 after completing the professional training programme at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos which he undertook between 1987 and 1988. His legal career of over one and a half decades, commenced in the law Firm of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe and Belgore, where he cut his legal teeth as a litigator over such wide-ranging areas of specialisation as, intellectual property (registration of trade marks), commercial law, covering general contracts, company activities, mergers, acquisitions, right issues, ownership of shares and equity of corporations, as well as land disputes, criminal law and chieftaincy matters, in all of which he has come to acquire appreciable expertise and vast experience.
He was Chief of Staff to his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Fashola had during his tenure as Chief of Staff also dubbed as the Honourable Commissioner to the Governor's office. He was the first person to hold both offices simultaneously.
Portfolio: Minister of Works and Housing.


31. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora

State: Lagos
Mamora was born on 16 February 1953. He obtained a B.Sc, Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) University of Ife, Ile-Ife and became a Health Practitioner. He was Medical Director of a Medical Centre (1987 - 1998), and a Company Medical Adviser (1988 - 1992).

Career
Mamora was a National Delegate for the National Republican Convention (NRC) in 1990, and Secretary, Lagos East of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1998. He was elected to the Lagos State House of Assembly in 1999 and was appointed Speaker. He was Chairman of the Conference of Speakers (2000 - 2001). Mamora was elected to the Senate in April 2003 and reelected in 2007. He was also a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament (2003 - 2006). In 2003 he was appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Health.


32 Mohammed Abdullahi
STATE: Nasarawa

Mohammed Abubakar was born in Gombe, to the family of Late Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar (ACP rtd). He attended Jos Native Authority Primary School from 1963 to 1968 and proceeded to Tudun Wada Primary School Kano in 1969. He then gained admission into Government College Kano (Rumfa College) for his Secondary School education from 1970 to 1974. He crowned as first Makama Babba of Bauchi. On completion of his Secondary School education, Barrister Mohammed A. Abubakar proceeded to School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for one year pre-degree programme. He was among the first set of students of School of Basic Studies of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1974. From 1975 to 1978 he studied at the Faculty of law, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he got his LLB Hons.
He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos from 1978 to 1979 for his BL course. He was called to bar after successfully completing the course and from 1979-1980, during his National Youth Service Corps, he lectured at Rivers State College of Science and Technology (presently University of Science and Technology, Rivers State).

Career
On completion of his youth service, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar joined the civil service as a Pupil State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Bauchi State. He rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Parliamentary Counsel and Head of Legal Drafting Department of Bauchi State House of Assembly in 1983.
When the military intervened again in 1993, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar went into private practice as Managing Partner of Fortuna Chambers. He became the Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, Bauchi State Branch from 1996 to 1998 and was elected Deputy National Secretary of the Democratic People's Party in 1997.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Science and Technology.


33. Zubairu Dada

State: Niger
EDUCATION: Attended Primary school in Minna from 1958-64. Went to Fatima Secondary School, Minna 1965-69. He got his B.A from the Ahmadu Bello University, 1971-74 and M.A from the University of Jos 1990-91.

Career
He started out as Information Officer II in the North-Western State of Sokoto 1974-75. Up until he joined politics, he worked with many organizations and eventually became the Ambassador of Nigeria to Poland.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Foreign Affairs.


34. Olamilekan Adegbite

STATE: OGUN
He holds a bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Masters of Environmental Design from the School of Architecture University of Lagos. A brilliant scholar, Olamilekan also earned a Masters of Science in construction Management from the same university.

Career
Olamilekan Adegbite, 49, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, is highly knowledgeable in architecture and construction with 26 years’ experience gained working on various projects across the country. Notable among his design is the 30-storey headquarters building of the Union Bank Plc on the popular Marina, Lagos.
Portfolio: Minister of Mines and Steel Development.


35. Tayo Alasoadura

STATE: ONDO
He attended Ajuwa Grammar School where he obtained his West Africa School Certificate in 1968. He also later obtained a professional Certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in 1974. Distinguished Senator Tayo Alasoadura is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria..Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants in England and Chartered Insrtitute of Taxation of Nigeria.. He is also a member of the Institute of Industrialist and Corporate Administrators of Nigeria, Member of the Institute of Investment Management and Research of Nigeria.Fellow of the Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria, Certified Fellow of Public Administrators and Management, and the Golden Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Finance and Administration.
Prior to becoming a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was the Commissioner for Finance and Planning Ondo State from 2003 to 2009.

Career
Prior to becoming a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was the Commissioner for Finance and Planning Ondo State from 2003 to 2009.
Tayo Alasoadura joined Ayanfalu Balogun Badejo&Co, a renowned firm of Chartered Accountants in Lagos as a messenger and later as an articled clerk…Thereafter,he rose through the ranks to the highly exalted position of the Managing Partner/Chief Executive Officer/ Chairman of the Firm… In addition, he was a Director, Askar Paints Limited from 1990 till 1992:Director, Okitipupa Oil Palm Plc from 2006 till February 2009 and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Tabore&Tay Nigeria Ltd From April 2009. In the 2015 elections, he contested for a seat in the Ondo Central senatorial District under the Platform of the All Progressive Congress(APC) and Won.
It is worthy to note that he has as his Legislative Interests Oil and Gas finance. In line with this, he Targets to give qualitative representation to his people.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Labour and Employment.


36. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola

STATE: OSUN
Engr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola was born in the month of May, 1957. He had his primary and secondary education in Ondo State, and later attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated in 1980. As a pupil in the primary school, Rauf was a centre-point around whom his mates hovered for guidance and direction. As a student, he was focused for remarkable performance which he made distinctively and seamlessly. In the Polytechnic, he positioned himself to conquer his environment by engaging in prolific studies.

Career
Aregbesola was an activist. He was Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure when he ran for election in April 2007 in the Action Congress (political party). Although the People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Olagunsoye Oyinlola was declared the winner, Aregbesola appealed the decision and on 26th November 2010 he was declared the winner by Justices of the Federal Appeal Court, Ibadan who ordered that he should be sworn into office by noon on 27th November, 2010.
Portfolio: Minister of Interior.


37. Sunday Dare

State: Oyo EDUCATION: A graduate of International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Dare has decades of multimedia journalism experience spanning about 25 years (1991 and 2016).

Career
He was chief of staff /special adviser (Media) to Ahmed Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State Governor, as well as senior special assistant (Media) / chief of staff to the Minister of Information and Communications in 2009. He was the chief, Hausa Service, African Division, Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, DC from 2001 to 2009, and was a founding member of the Nigerian weekly magazines The News and Tempo in the heady days of the military, where he served as editor, Tempo magazine and pioneer online editor/general. Portfolio: Minister of Youths and Sports.


38. Pauline Tallen

STATE: PLATEAU
Tallen is a native of Shendam, to the family of Kattiems. She got a degree in sociology at the University of Jos in 1982.

Career
Tellen political career started in 1976, when she was the clerical officer at Shendam local government council, then later ministry of local government affairs. In 2011, she joined Labour Party (Nigeria), then contested in the gubernatorial election of the state. By 1994, she was made a councillor in Plateau State. She was made commissioner in the state by the military government between 1994 and 1999. In 1999, she was appointed Minister of State for science and technology to the cabinet of 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. she also contested to be governor of the state in 2011, but lost to Jonah Jang. She is presently a member, board of trustees of All Progressive Congress, and was honoured 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 National Agency for Control of Aids(NACA).
Portfolio: Minister of Woman Affairs.


39. Rotimi Amaechi

STATE: RIVERS
Amaechi was born in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State to the family of late Elder Fidelis Amaechi and Mrs Mary Amaechi. His first and last names are Ikwerre meaning “God is strength or power” and “who knows tomorrow” respectively. He was raised in Diobu, a densely populated neighbourhood in Port Harcourt, and had his early education at St Theresa's Primary School from 1970 to 1976. He earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1982 after attending Government Secondary School Okolobiri. Chibuike received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in English Studies and Literature from the University of Port Harcourt in 1987, where he was the President of the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS). He completed the mandatory National Youth Service corps in 1988. He thereafter joined the Services of Pamo Clinics and Hospitals Limited owned by Peter Odili, the former Governor of Rivers State where he worked until 1992.

Career
Amaechi first office in politics was as Secretary of the now defunct National Republican Convention in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. Between 1992 and 1994, he was Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir (Dr.) Peter Odili, and also a member of the Board of West Africa Glass Industry as well as Risonpalm Nigeria Limited. Dr. Peter Odili believed in him as a young man with potential in politics, and adopted him as a political son, guiding and nurturing him in politics, and consequently facilitating his election into the Rivers State House of Assembly in 1999.
Portfolio: Minister of Transportation.


40. Mohammed Dingyadi

STATE: SOKOTO
Portfolio: Minister of Police Affairs.


41. Saleh Mamman

State: Taraba
Portfolio: Minister of Power.


42. Abubakar Aliyu

State: Yobe

Career
A civil engineer, who was deputy governor of Yobe between 2009 and 2019.
Portfolio: Minister of State, Works and Housing


43. Sadiya Umar Farouk

STATE: ZAMFARA
She 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 BSc. 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.

Career
Between 1999 - 2000, Farouq, under the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme served with the Nigeria National Assembly. She served under the Senate Committee on Aviation and worked with the Senate Committee on Appropriation. She worked as Operations Manager at Pinnacle Travels and Tours Ltd (a Nigerian travel agency) between 2001 - 2003 before joining the National Assembly Service Commission as an Administrative Officer II in 2003 where she rose to the Position of Principal Administrative Officer before leaving the commission in 2010 to pursue her political ambitions.

Portfolio: Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.


Compiled By: Francis Oluwadare
Published: 23-Aug-2019