Meet the acting Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed


Zainab Ahmed has been appointed acting Minister of Finance, following the resignation of the immediate past finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun.

Recall that Adeosun resigned yesterday following the scandal surrounding her NYSC discharge certificate. In his statement of acceptance of her resignation letter, President Buhari announced Zainab Ahmed, as the acting Minister of Finance. 

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that 55-year-old Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed holds a degree in accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a master’s in business administration from Ogun State University, Adeosun’s home state.

It is believed that Ahmed, who is the daughter of Governor El-Rufai’s foster father, Yahya Hamza, will hold the position only on a temporary basis until the National Assembly reconvenes and Buhari is able to send a replacement for senate screening.

Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s substantive Finance Minister

Until her appointment, Zainab was the Minister of State Budget and National Planning. She has previously served as the executive secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the extractive sector watchdog.

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed’s Bio:

Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed had in the past served as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI. She holds a B. Sc degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and an MBA from the Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye.

Ahmed was born in Kaduna State . She got her first degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University in 1981, after-which she proceeded to Ogun State University for her MBA.

As a young accounting graduate, her aspiration was to become the Accountant General of her home State and possibly that of the Country. This was why she took up a career in the public service in 1982, with Kaduna State Ministry of Finance, North West Nigeria.

In the last 28 years, she served in several accounting and public finance management positions in the Nigerian economy especially in the telecommunications industry at the time the Nigerian public and private sectors depended solely on NITEL for Communication services.

From the rank of Deputy General Manager in charge of Corporate Treasury in 2002, she moved to Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications as General Manager Finance in September, 2005 and later became Chief Finance Officer of MTEL.

She was appointment as the Managing Director of Kaduna Investment Company by the Executive Governor of Kaduna State in March, 2009 to help Kaduna State define, plan and implement an accelerated industrial development programme.

This was the position she held until her appointment as member of the National
Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG, the Board of NEITI) and later the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in October 2010. She was later elevated to the position of Minister of State for Budget and National Planning until her most recent appointment yesterday.

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