In Celebration of International Women’s Day: President Buhari Releases a Checklist of ‘Buhari’s Women’
The Nigerian presidency has released a list of some of the women appointed into key positions as the country joins the global community in celebration of March 8 International Women’s Day.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Choose to Challenge.”
“The celebration provides ample opportunity to reflect on how President Muhammadu Buhari honours the womenfolk,” Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President said in a short sentence that prefaced the list of the 38 women appointed into various positions by his principal on Sunday.
Adesina described the 32 female officials that were listed in the ‘Checklist’ as just a few of “The Buhari Women,’
See the list of the women below
- Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning
- Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
- Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs
- Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment
- Sharon Ikeazor, Honourable Minister of State for Environment
- Gbemisola Saraki, Honourable Minister of State for Transportation
- Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Honourable Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
- Folashade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
- Mariam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President
- Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, and Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC)
- Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
- Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)
- Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson and CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission
- Chioma Ejikeme, Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD)
- Patience Oniha, Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO)
- Aisha Dahir-Umar, Director-General, National Pension Commission
- Jummai A.M. Audi, Chairperson, Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC)
- Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)
- Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Nigeria
- Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator/CEO, SERVICOM
- Folashade Joseph, Managing Director, Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation (NAIC)
- Cecilia Gaya, Director-General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON)
- Ronke Sokefun, Chairperson, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
- Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
- Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)
- Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Oge Modie, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Strategic Communications
- Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry (Oversees the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP)
- Stella Okotete, Executive Director, Business Development, NEXIM Bank
- Omolola Abiola-Edewor, Executive Director, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
- Imaan Sulaiman–Ibrahim, Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)
- Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, and INEC Federal Commissioner-nominee
Over 8,000 Nigerian Doctors Now Work In UK, 353 Registered In The Last 100-Day
The United Kingdom (UK) registered about 353 Nigerian doctors in the last 100 days, according to data from the General Medical Council – the body which licenses and maintains the official register of medical practitioners in the UK.
The GMC licensed at least 353 Nigerian-trained doctors between June 10, 2021, and September 20, 2021.
The statistics also showed that between July 24, 2020, and September 21, 2021, about 862 Nigeria-trained doctors were licensed in the UK despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The data also showed that 8,737 doctors who obtained their degrees in Nigeria currently practice in the UK.
Officials of the National Association of Resident Doctors are speculating that the rate of migration might double in the coming weeks since doctors were not given the right remuneration.
They said that many Nigerian doctors are migrating to Saudi Arabia, which might be more than those moving to the UK.
A poll by NOI in 2018 showed that 88 percent of Nigerian doctors were considering work opportunities abroad, but experts say the figure may be higher due to the rising insecurity and economic crunch.
Elections in Africa Must Follow Democratic Process – Osinbajo
Africans must continue to make the extra effort in ensuring that elections in the continent go through the democratic process, remain transparent and fair, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
He said this yesterday while receiving the President-elect of Sao Tome and Principe, Mr. Carlos Manuel Vila Nova who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa.
On the 18th of July, 2021, elections were held in Sao Tome to replace President Evaristo Carvalho, whose tenure expired on 3rd September, 2021. Based on constitutional provisions, an outright winner did not emerge from the polls and a run-off led to the emergence of Mr. Vila Nova, who would be sworn in 2nd October, 2021.
According to Prof Osinbajo “there is no question at all that for those of us in Africa, we must make the extra effort to ensure that the democratic process is very transparent. It is such a pleasure to see that that was what took place in your country which led to your election.”
Speaking about areas of cooperation between both countries, the Vice President said, “we already talked about some of the areas of cooperation…your tenure might be an opportunity to bring some of those things to fruition.”
Prof Osinbajo reassured Mr. Manuel Vila Nova of Nigeria’s support to ensure that “your tenure is as comfortable and effective as possible as partners and friends.”
In his own remarks, President-elect Vila Nova expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting Sao Tome and also thanked the Vice President for his attention, stating that Nigeria is a “friendly country” and the relationship between both countries dates back many years.
In attendance at the meeting were the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and a member of the Sao Tome and Principe’s cabinet, Mr. Americo de Oliveira Ramos.
Ethiopian Airline To Resume Flight To Enugu Oct. 1st
The Ethiopian Airline said on Sunday it would resume flights to Enugu as from Oct. 1, two years after it suspended flight to the South-Eastern state.
The airline’s General Manager, Shimeles Arage, who confirmed the proposed resumption in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, said that every week there would be a flight on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with B787 Dreamliner.
“Oct. 1 is Nigeria’s Independence Day and the flight to Enugu on that day will reinforce Ethiopian Airline good relations with Nigeria since the first flight to Nigeria in 1960,” he said.
Arage recalled that the airline stopped flights to Enugu in 2019 when the Nigerian aviation authorities closed the airport to refurbish the runway.
He said before the closure of the airport for runway repairs, Ethiopian was the only international airline flying to Enugu.
The airport was officially re-opened to domestic flights in 2020 and to international flights in Aug. 2021.
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