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Meet Nigeria’s New Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed (FULL PROFILE)

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Following the controversial resignation of Kemi Adeosun over the possession of a fake NYSC exemption certificate, President Muhammadu Buhari as appointed Zainab Ahmed as the new finance minister.

Below is her full profile;

Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is 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.

Managing public finances for 28 years

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.

Associations / Membership

She hold the Fellowship of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), a member of the Nigerian Institute of Taxation and the Nigerian Institute of Management

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  1. Abdullahi sabi tobo

    September 15, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Buhari used Christian in the first place, he now using Muslim. is there a crime, the administration is even 50/50 for both Christian and Muslims

  2. Eke Bright

    September 15, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Zainab Ahmed is probably not professionally qualified to hold such a sensitive position as the Minister of Finance of Nigerian Economy. First, let her prove that she wrote and passed a professional Accountancy examination and not by exemption. We must not build our economy in the care of a lilliputian. Holding a fellowship status of ANAN is just not enough but let her prove that she wrote and passed a professionally assessed examination.

    • Mohamed Thiam Sheriff

      November 22, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      Eke Bright, writing and passing a professional accountancy examination is necessary, but not a criterion for holding sensitive public offices. Professional exams like ACCA, CIMA,CFA, CPA etc. are in themselves not enough since no academic research is done neither writing dissertations nor theses. What is important, Madam Zainab Ahmed has got vast finance experience in both public and private sectors. Her brief profile explains it all. What I’m saying is it is the output of the individual that counts rather than what they possess.

  3. Eke Bright

    September 15, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Once more, as a young Accounting Graduate then, why didn’t she prove her excellence by applying to write ICAN exam and not seeking for ANAN direct membership? This is left for the professional to give thought to.

  4. Akah Precious

    September 17, 2018 at 6:46 am

    I have learnt my lessons…

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