The ministerial cabinet of President Bola Tinubu stands out not only for its diversity but also for its inclusion of powerful women making significant strides in their respective ministries.
These women, handpicked by Tinubu, are not only experts in their fields but also represent a broader vision of giving women a voice in the highest echelons of governance.
Here, we delve into the profiles of these remarkable women and their roles in the Bola Tinubu cabinet.
Doris Uzoka Anite – Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
Doris is a graduate of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), with over 20 years of experience in the banking sector.
She previously served as the general manager of Zenith Bank and also held the position of commissioner for finance and coordination in Imo state under Governor Hope Uzodinma.
As the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, she plays a pivotal role in shaping Nigeria’s economic landscape.
Betta Edu – Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation
At just 36, Betta Edu is the youngest in Tinubu’s female ministerial team.
Hailing from Cross River state, she previously served as the national women leader of the APC and was the youngest commissioner of health in Cross River.
With a background in medicine and surgery from the University of Calabar, Betta is now at the forefront of humanitarian efforts and poverty alleviation strategies in the country.
Hannatu Musawa – Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy
Hannatu, a lawyer and politician, has a rich educational background with degrees from the University of Buckingham, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Cardiff.
Before her ministerial appointment, she served as a special adviser on culture and entertainment to President Muhammadu Buhari.
As the Minister of Art, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Hannatu is tasked with promoting Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and boosting the creative sector.
Lola Ade John – Minister of Tourism
Lola Ade-John brings a career spanning 30 years in the banking and technology sectors.
An alumnus of the University of Ibadan, she has worked with notable organisations like Shell Petroleum and Access Bank.
Upon assumption of office, Lola pledged to transform the Ministry into a global appellation and to make it a significant economic earning to the Nigerian economy.
Recall that an online report recently disclosed that the minister was battling for her life after she was allegedly poisoned. But, the assistant director of press in the ministry, Emem Mariam Ofiong, debunked this report when contacted on the status of the minister.
Nkeiruka Onyejocha – Minister of State for Labour and Productivity
Nkeiruka’s political journey includes serving as a commissioner in Abia state and contesting for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives.
With master’s degrees from Imo State University and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), she now oversees matters related to labour and productivity, ensuring that the workforce remains a key pillar of Nigeria’s growth.
Reacting to her appointment, The immediate former Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said, “It’s a good thing that Mr. President spotted her and decided to bring her into his cabinet. So, she is coming into the cabinet with a lot of experience; legislative, and executive, because she was a local government chairman and a commissioner before in Abia State.”
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