As more Nigerian women press for increased female gender participation, especially in top political positions, NigerianEye takes a look at the profile of the three women who made Buhari’s ministerial list, namely Amina Mohammed from Kaduna state, Kemi Adeosun from Ogun state and Aisha Alhassan from Taraba state.
Amina Mohammed- Kaduna
Amina Mohammed is the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. She was appointed to this position on 7 June 2012
Ms. Mohammed has been working in the field of development for more than 30 years both in the public sector and the private sector. Prior to her current appointment, she was the CEO and founder of the think tank Center for Development Policy Solutions.
Previously, she worked as senior adviser to the President of Nigeria (Late Musa Yardua and Goodluck Jonathan) on Millennium Development Goals for six years. In this position, she was in charge of designing and developing government projects to reduce poverty around the country.
Between 2002 and 2005, she worked in the United Nations Millennium Project as a coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education.
In 1991, Ms. Mohammed founded Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of Engineers and Quantity Surveyors, and from 1991 to 2001 she was its Executive Director. Between 1981 and 1991, she worked with Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn United Kingdom.
Ms. Mohammed has also served on many international advisory boards and panels such as the Gates Foundation and the UN Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel.
Ms. Mohammed was born in 1961. She has six children.
Kemi Adeosun – Ogun
A finance professional with over 23 years experience gained in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Mrs. Adeosun is an Economics graduate and a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales, as well as Nigeria.
Born and bred in London, her father was a civil servant and she is the third of four children. A graduate of Economics from the University of East London. She was a senior manager at the Price Waterhouse Coopers, London. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales. She is a mother of three. She was born in 1967.
Aisha Alhassan (Mama Taraba) – Taraba
Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan is a former Senator representing Taraba North constituency of Taraba State, which she won under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
She later decamped to All Progressive Congress (APC) and was the Governorship Candidate of Taraba State for the 2015 general elections. She was defeated in the election re-run held on 25th of April 2015 and failed to become Nigeria’s 1st female democratically elected Governor.
A lawyer by training, Jummai is the former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Taraba State. She was appointed the Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on 17 December 2003. She was born in 1959