Zainab Ahmed: Here Are 8 Facts You Should Know About Nigeria’s New Finance Minister
Following the resignation of Kemi Adeosun during the weekend, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Zainab Ahmed to oversee the Ministry of Finance.
The newly appointed Acting Minister of Finance on Monday, September 17, assumed office after her appointment.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Dr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, and other directors of the Ministry, on Monday, received the Supervising Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed in Abuja.
Ahmed while addressing members of staff of the ministry who had gathered to receive her, said going forward, she would work closely with the Permanent Secretary to catch up on the activities of the Ministry.
She said: “These are very challenging times for our country.
“It means we are part of the economic team that has been charged with making sure there is economic stability in our country.
“We have very serious revenue challenges and it is up to us to shore up the revenues of this country.
“Mr President has a lot of confidence that we can do this. We are working for Mr President, but at the end of the day, we are working for the benefit of the citizens of our country.
“There are a lot of sacrifices that I know that you have done, and we are going to push ourselves to still do more so that at the end of the day we will say Alhamdulillah– glory be to God,” she said.
Meanwhile, here are eight facts you need to know about her:
- Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed was born 55 years ago in Kaduna State.
- She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1981 and an MBA from the Ogun state University, Ago Iwoye.
- She started work in 1982 as an Accountant in Kaduna State Ministry of Finance in Kaduna state and moved to Nigerian Telecommunication Ltd (NITEL)
- In 1995, where she worked in various departments and rose to the rank of the Deputy General Manager (DGM).
- In 2010, she was appointed to serve as the executive secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
- She was appointed Managing Director of Kaduna Investment Company. She was then appointed a member of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG).
- She is a fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), a member of the Nigerian Institute of Taxation and the Nigerian Institute of Management.
- She is the Minister of State Budget and National Planning.