President Muhammadu Buhari (Inset) and Some Ministers in the Federal Executive Council Photo: Premium Times

Government, Nigerians honour womenfolk as Presidency unveils 50 of ‘Buhari’s Women’ on 2021 IWD

*The Nigerian Presidency says the 2021 International Women’s Day celebration provides an ample opportunity for the Federal Government to reflect on how President Muhammadu Buhari honours the womenfolk

*Women play indispensable roles in private and public lives, and deserve full support and respect of society for these roles ─Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In reflecting how the Muhammadu Buhari administration in Nigeria honours the womenfolk, the Presidency has unveiled the checklist of “The Buhari Women” as part of activities marking the 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD).

ConsumerConnect reports the International Women’s Day is celebrated March 8 every year.

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, in a statement Sunday, March 7, in Abuja, FCT, listed 50 out of several Nigerian women currently in leadership positions in the current administration in the West African country.

The statement noted that the International Women’s Day celebration provides an ample opportunity for the Federal Government to reflect on how the President honours the womenfolk.

According to Adesina, the following “is a checklist of ‘The Buhari Women’, just 50 of them:

  1. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning
  2. Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
  3. Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs
  4. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment
  5. Sharon Ikeazor, Honourable Minister of State for Environment
  6. Gbemisola Saraki, Honourable Minister of State for Transportation
  7. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Honourable Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
  8. Folashade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
  9. Mariam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President
  10. Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, and Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC)
  11. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
  12. Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)
  13. Abike Dabiri–Erewa, Chairperson and CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission
  14. Chioma Ejikeme, Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD)
  15. Patience Oniha, Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO)
  16. Aisha Dahir-Umar, Director-General, National Pension Commission
  17. Jummai A. M. Audi, Chairperson, Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC)
  18. Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)
  19. Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Nigeria
  20.  Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator/CEO, SERVICOM
  21. Folashade Joseph, Managing Director, Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation (NAIC)
  22. Cecilia Gaya, Director-General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON)
  23. Ronke Sokefun, Chairperson, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
  24.  Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
  25. Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)
  26.  Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  27. Oge Modie, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Strategic Communications
  28. Moji Rhodes, Senior Special Assistant on Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs
  29.  Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry (Oversees the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP)
  30.  Stella Okotete, Executive Director, Business Development, NEXIM Bank
  31. Omolola Abiola-Edewor, Executive Director, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
  32. Imaan Sulaiman–Ibrahim, Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)
  33. Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, and INEC Federal Commissioner-nominee
  34. Dr. Yosola Akinbi – Senior Technical Adviser, National Economic Council (NEC) (Office of the Vice-President, OVP)
  35. Dr. Balikisu Saidu, Senior Special Assistant Legal, Research and Compliance Issues (OVP)
  36. Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi – Senior Special Assistant – Rule Of Law (OVP)
  37. Foluso Idumu, Senior Special Assistant On Administration (OVP)
  38. Lanre Shasore, Senior Special Assistant On Coordination & Planning (OVP)
  39. Dr. Ebi Awosika, Senior Technical Assistant On Community Engagements (OVP)
  40.  Olaolu Beckley, Special Assistant On Documentation (OVP)
  41. Edewede Akhidenor – Special Assistant, Administration (OVP)
  42. Nkoli Anyaoku– Special Assistant, Administration (OVP)
  43. Dr. Lilian Idiaghe – Special Assistant, Legal (OVP)
  44. Tolani Alli – Special Assistant On Visual Communications (OVP)
  45. Toyosi Onalapo – Special Assistant On Community Engagements
  46. Haijya Halima Bawa – Special Assistant On Community Engagements
  47. Nonye Ojekwe – Special Assistant On Community Engagements
  48. Koko Iyamusa – Special Assistant Administration (Wife of the VP)
  49. Fakorede Omotayo Basirat- Special Assistant On Special Duties, and
  50. Omotayo Rachael Omowunmi – Special Assistant On Household & Social

In his remarks on IWD 2021, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, President of the Nigerian Senate, also felicitated with Nigerian women as they celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day.

The Senate President described the theme of this year’s celebration, “Choose to Challenge”, as apt in reminding society of the pivotal roles women play in the family and nation-building and the need to pay attention to the challenges confronting them.

Dr. Ahmad Lawan, President of Nigerian Senate

Lawan said: “Women play indispensable roles in private and public lives and deserve full support and respect of society for those roles.

“Our women also deserve support and encouragement to participate without discrimination or inhibitions in governance and public affairs in general.

He stated: “Our public policies should therefore deliberately seek to get the best from them for the peace and progress of our country.”

According to Lawan, the National Assembly (NASS) will always promote and defend the rights and interests of the Nigerian women and fight anything that stands against their well-being and aspirations.

Scores of other Nigerians also have advocated the need for Nigeria and the global community to continue to challenge structures that deliberately relegate women to the backseat in the societal development.

In celebration of 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD) March 8, Abdullahi Aliyu, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oak Pensions Limited, has shared a thoughtful message to women all over the world.

Aliyu said: “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women” this quote by Kofi Annan is an accurate description of the vital role women have played over the years and in our world today.

Some of Nigerian women in leadership   Photo: Independent

“From the family, to the board room, we can no longer ignore the value they bring to the table.”

The Oak Pensions CEO stressed that “the year 2020, we saw women rise to the occasion of leadership in times of crisis.

“Instances of countries led by women during the pandemic that have significantly recovered from the ravaging virus are an excellent testimony to their immense contribution to a healthier and better world.

“While there might be several factors leading to this reality, we cannot undermine women’s efforts to curb this scourge.”

According to him, “In Nigeria and Africa, women have continued to set the pace. The recent election of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as the first female and African Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is substantial proof of this fact.

“We must move from lip service to the inclusion of women in every aspect of our community.

He noted that stakeholders must deliberately promote policies and an organisational culture that encourages women’s participation and empowerment.

“This celebration should not be about media patronage, but it should drive us to make real and sustainable change. Now is the time; let us be the change we seek,” stated he.

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