7 April 2010

Nigeria: Ministers - the Profiles

Photo: Vanguard
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan (middle) in a group photograph with members of the Federal Cabinet shortly after the re-constitution of the Executive Council of the Federation at the State House, Abuja.


Lagos — Dora Akunyili; Information and Communication

Minister of Information & Communications Prof. Dora Akunyili was born on July 14, 1954 in Markudi, Benue State. She hails from Nanka in Anambra State. The minister finished from the Holy Rosary Secondary School Nsukka with a distinction prompting the then Eastern Nigerian Govern-ment to grant her an undergraduate scholarship to study Pharmacy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

She has a doctorate degree in the same field and institution. She was appointed National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAG) Director-general in 2001 and was Minister of Information and Communication on December of 2008 by President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. Her memo calling on members of the Federal Executive Council of the Federation (EXCOF) to act on the ill-health of Yar'Adua would remain a defining moment in the emergence of the Goodluck Jonathan Acting Presidency.

Adamu Maina Waziri; Police Affairs Minister

Adamu Maina Waziri was born on the 14th of September, 1952. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He began his career as a lecturer in 1979 at the University of Maiduguri. He was at various times, Executive Director, Hydro Quest Nigeria Limited; Board member, Students Loans Board, Federal Ministry of Education; Chief

Executive, Bogaru Interna-tional Limited; Special Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture; Senior Special Assistant to the President (Employers OPS); Coordinator, National Poverty Eradication programme (NAPEP) and Chairman, Road Safety Commission. Between 2005 and 2006.

He also served as Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN); Justice Minister & AGF

Minister of Justice and Attorney-general of the Federation Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) was born on September 1,1963. He was educated at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and graduated in 1985 with a degree in Law. He was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in October 1986. He worked variously with Kwara State Schools' Management Board; Kano State Ministry of Justice as pupil Counsel; Messrs Zakari Yaro & Co; and I. M. Boyi & Co; before establishing Messrs M.A Bello & Co.

A consummate Legal Practitioner, Chartered Arbitrator and Notary Public, Adoke was a member of the Board Peugeot Automobile Limited, Kaduna between 2006 and 2008 and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee of Unity Bank Plc. He is currently a member of the Legal Practitioners' Privileges Committee.

Chris Ogiemwonyi; Minister of State for Works

The new Minister of State for Works Chris Ogiemwonyi is a technocrat popularly known as 'Mr. Local Content' because of the local factor initiative he championed at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He hails from Abudu in Orhionwon Local Government Area of Edo State. He attended Western Boys' High School now known as Airewele Boys High School in Benin City. He proceeded to the University of Benin, Benin City where he studied Physics for his first degree. His 34-year stint at NNPC climaxed with his elevation as Group Executive Director. He retired in 2009.

Henry Odein Ajumogobia (SAN); Minister of Foreign Affairs

Henry Odein Ajumogobia (SAN) became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2003. He was a former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Rivers State. He was appointed Nigeria's Minister of State for Petroleum in July 2007 and was at the fore-front of the push for the deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry.

Iyom Josephine Anenih; Minister of Women Affairs

Iyom Josephine Anenih was the chairperson of the Federation of Women Lawyers from 1994 to 2000. She was the first National Woman Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from 1999-2005. An indigene of Anambra State, Anenih is a lawyer by profession.

Chukwuemeka Ngozi Wogu; Minister of Labour & Productivity

Chukwuemeka Ngozi Wogu is lawyer by training. He was a Commissioner of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

Aliyu Idi Hong; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong was born in 1967. He was PDP Secretary Adamawa State and was also Personal Assistant to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Jubril Aminu. He was appointed Minister of State for Culture & Tourism in 2007 before his reappointment as Minister of State for Health.

Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed; Minister of Culture and Tourism

Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed was born on October 14, 1961. He hails from Nafada LGA of Gombe State. Mohammed holds a bachelor and masters degree in physics.

He went on to become a lecturer at the Federal University of Technology Yola, between 1986 and 1996. He was MD/CEO of various companies between 1996 and 2002. Muhammed also worked at the National Teachers Institute (NTI) Kaduna, between 2002 and 2008 before becoming the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. He is regarded as an unassuming personality.

Awodele Najeem Alao; Minister of State for Agriculture

Awodele Najeem Alao was born on August 22, 1955 at Abeokute, Ogun State. He bagged his first and second degrees in Philosophy from the University of Lagos. He is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management.

Awodele had a brief stint as a secondary scool teacher after his graduation before joining the private sector as General Manager,

Namson Management Services between 1990 and 1998. He became a Managing Consultant, Namson Consulting Ltd from 1999 up to the time of his ministerial appointment.

Jubril Martins-Kuye; Minister of Commerce and Industry

Chief Jubril Martins-Kuye, a Chartered Accountant, who will be 68 August 16 this year is having his second shot as a minister. The onetime Senator and Minister of State for Finance during President Olusegun Obasanjo administration hails from Ago Iwoye, Ijebu constituency of Ogun State. He was an erstwhile governorship candidate under PDP for Ogun State. Senator Kuye is an Alumnus of the University of Ibadan where he studied Sociology between 1965-68. He later proceeded to Harvard University Business School, where he majored in Economics graduating in 1983.

Navy Capt Omoniyi Caleb Olubolade; Minister of Special Duties

Navy Captain Omoniyi Caleb Olubolade is an indigene of Ekiti State. He rose to the pinnacle of his career when on June 9, 1997 he was appointed Military Administrator of the then newly created Bayelsa State by the military government of General Sani Abacha.

Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho; Minister of Interior

Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho hails from Imo State. He is professional involved in the marine sector. He is Managing Director of Genesis Worldwide Shipping Company, a major indigenous shipping operator and a national carrier. He holds a Master of Science degree in International Transport from the University of Wales Cardiff, United Kingdom and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in General Management from the University of Bradford.

He is also Chairman/CEO of Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd, an independent marketer of clean petroleum products and owners of the 30 million litre Integrated Oil and Gas tank farm in Apapa, Lagos.

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