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Ministerial: Seven women make list as Tinubu sent 28 names to Senate

by Akeem Adeyemi
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President Bola Tinubu sent the list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate on Thursday. However, Out of the 28 names sent, seven of them are women.

This indicates that women currently represent 25 per cent of the ministerial nominees.

IDANNEWS reports that the number of women ministerial nominees has not been augmented ever since the regime of Former President Goodluck Jonathan who’s achieved over 30 per cent with his appointments during his tenure.

Recall that, during President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime only seven women also made it to the list that has 43 names. This means that women have only 16 per cent of the then-proposed cabinet. There were six women in his first list of 36 in 2015, which is also 16 per cent.

Meet the seven female ministerial nominees in President Bola Tinubu’s brief below:


Hannatu Musa Musawa from Katsina state is the recently-appointed special adviser on culture and entertainment economy. She is the daughter of the late Katsina politician Musa Musawa.

She studied Law at the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom; and holds Master’s degrees in the Legal Aspects of Marine Affairs from the University of Cardiff, Wales; and Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

She is also a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, UK, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Betta Edu is from Cross River state and the youngest among the ministerial nominees. She is the national women’s leader of the All Progressive Congress and a former commissioner of health in Cross River state.

In 2020, she became chairman of the Cross River State COVID-19 Taskforce.

In August 2022, she was appointed National Chairman of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum.


Okotete is the executive director (Business Development) at the Nigeria Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank. She is 39 years old.


In the last presidential election, Uju Kennedy Ohaneye from Anambra state was the only female presidential aspirant of the APC, who later stepped down for the President at the primaries.


Doris is a career banker with over 20 years of experience at Zenith Bank, Nigeria. Despite studying medicine at the University of Benin, she pivoted into banking in 2002.

Uzoka-Anite was a former commissioner for finance and coordinating economy in Imo state. She holds some financial certificates from Oxford University in the United Kingdom.


Onyejocha was a House of Representatives member representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia State.

She was first elected in 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), then Nigeria’s ruling party. Onyejeocha defected to the APC in 2018 after intense pressure from her former party leaders to drop her ambition for a return ticket to the house.

In 2019, she won her re-election bid for a fourth term in Nigeria’s Green Chamber.


Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim was the director-general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) from December 1, 2020, till May 27, 2021.

She was a special adviser on strategic communication to the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and she was appointed a member of the Nasarawa State economic advisory council in 2019.


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