Meet Nigeria’s new Acting Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

Acting Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

And just after Nigeria’s finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun’s resignation letter was accepted by President Buhari, Zainab Ahmed has been named Nigeria’s new Acting Finance Minister.

Acting Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

Recall that Kemi Adeosun in her resignation letter, stated that she took the decision after she found out that her NYSC discharge certificate was fake. Here is a bio of the new acting Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed.

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.

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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.

It was also gathered that she holds a Fellowship of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), and is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Taxation and the Nigerian Institute of Management.


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