The second list of President Buhari’s ministerial nominees contains more technocrats than politicians. EMMA ALOZIE takes a look at their brief profiles and where they are coming from
President Muhammadu Buhari against all expectations submitted the second batch of his ministerial nominees with dispatch. This to some analysts shows the seriousness of the President and dispelled the fears that were expressed in some quarters that if it took the president four months to nominate the first 21, it could even take him more time to come up with the remaining 15.
This prompted the PDP caucus in the Senate to threaten to stop the screening of the first batch until the entire list was complete. However, the president’s submission of the remaining 15 names has expectedly elicited mixed reactions. The second list to some Nigerians contains an admixture of politicians and technocrats, but tilted in favour of the latter. They are those expected to drive various policies of this administration.
Here are some of those who made the second batch:
Professor Omoleye Daramola: He is from Ondo state and Ode-Aye in Okitipupa Local Government Area to be specific. He is an academic. He attended the University of Sokoto, now Usman Dan Fodio University, where he got his first degree in B. Sc. Ed. in Sociology. He proceeded to the University of Jos and obtained M. Ed. in Sociology of Education. His Ph. D. Degree was earned at the University of Ilorin where he has been a distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education.
Professor Daramola has held many administrative positions at the University and national levels. He has served on quite a number of committees in the University and edited and/or co-edited several academic journals within and outside of Nigeria. He is a past Head of the Department of Arts and Social Sciences Education, University of Ilorin. Professor Daramola has produced many Master’s and Ph. D. graduates and has been External Examiner and to a good number of Universities and Colleges of Education. He has also been on accreditation teams to many of the institutions.
Professor Anthony Anwuka: He is from in Egbuoma Town of Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State. He was born on 22nd April, 1951. He rose to be the vice chancellor of Imo State University, before becoming the Secretary to the State Government, SSG. He is an in-law to Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha. A Professor of Education, Anwuka is expected to add to much value to the education sector if he is made the minister.
Hajia Khadija Bukar Ibrahim: Former first lady of Yobe state, she was a House of Representatives member in 7th National Assembly. She is the wife of Senator Bukka Abba Ibrahim. She has been in the corridors of power right from the ill-fated Third Republic when her husband was the governor of the Yobe State. From 1999 to 2007, she was the First Lady of Yobe, and from 2007 to 2015, she was a member of the House of Reps. She also was a commissioner for transport and energy under her husband’s government. She is coming with a huge political experience.
Heineken Lokpobiri: Born March 3, 1967, he is probably the youngest in a cabinet expected to be full of aged people. Trained as a lawyer at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Lokpobiri was a member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly from 1999–2003. He came to the Senate in 2007 and was there till 2015, all under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. When he failed to clinch the party’s ticket for reelection, he defected to the APC.
Barrister James Ocholi: A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and an aspirant in the last Kogi State APC governorship primaries, and until he contested for the APC ticket in Kogi, he was the party’s national auditor. He is a time tested politician and has been on the political turf for some time. He was the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC candidate in the 2011 election in Kogi state.
Okechukwu Enelamah: A technocrat to the core, he comes prepared. He is representing Enugu. He graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, before proceeding to become a chartered accountant. He is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of African Capital Alliance (ACA), an investment and advisory company. Having garnered experience in the world’s renowned financial centres of London and New York as well as Johannesburg, he co-founded ACA to promote private sector-led investments in Nigeria and West Africa. African Capital Alliance manages a family of private equity funds with over USD160 million in capital commitments.
A qualified chartered accountant and chartered financial analyst, he was elected George F. Baker Scholar and designated Loeb Fellow for academic excellence in the area of finance at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he earned a Master in Business Administration [MBA] with distinction in 1994.
Enelamah’s journey into the world of finance began in 1988 at Arthur Andersen & Co, now KPMG Professional Services WA, where he led project teams as senior consultant and audit senior. He went on to work in the New York and London offices of Goldman Sachs & Co. in the summer of 1993, before moving on to Zephyr Management LP in New York as an investment manager. He became a principal at Capital Zephyr, Johannesburg, South Africa between 1995 and 1997, where he worked with the chief executive to launch a $150 million fund for direct equity investments in post-apartheid South Africa.
Abubakar Bwari Bawa: Popularly called ABB, was born on November 1963 in Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State. He had his primary education in Sokoto and Minna before proceeding to Government Secondary School, Suleja where he obtained his GCE “O” levels in 1982. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography (1986) and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (1990) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and is a registered member of both the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners and Town Planning Registration Council.
He was elected as a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Suleja/Gurara/Tafa Federal Constituency in 1998 and subsequently became Chief Whip of the House, a position where he served over a period spanning 1999-2007. During his eventful period of service in the House, he was also elected as Vice President African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Chairman of the planning committee ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in 2000.
Prof. Isaac Adewole: A professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, he was one time Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan. He is from Osun State. He is one of the few technocrats and someone that has been described as a shining light in a list that is full of people with soured past. Born on 05 May, 1954, Prof. Adewole attended Ilesa Grammar School from 1966 – 1972 where he obtained Grade I with distinction in 1970. He is Director of the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV Project at UCH, Chairman of the PMTCT National Task Team Subcommittee on anti-retrovirals for the PMTCT of HIV and the country’s Principal Investigator for ‘Operation Stop Cervical Cancer’ in Nigeria. Secretary-General of the Confederation of African Medical Associations and Societies (CAMAS) from 1997-2003. A leading advocate for nationwide access to cervical cancer screening, Professor Adewole is also involved with advocacy work designed to reduce the burden of unsafe abortions in Nigeria and is the Coordinator of the Campaign against Unwanted Pregnancy. With this huge experience in the health sector, it is widely expected that he would head the health ministry.
Hon Mustapha Baba Shehuri: From Borno State and a former member of the House of Representatives under the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP. He is an apostle of President Buhari and this explains why he moves with Buhari to whatever party Buhari moves to. He studied at the University of Maiduguri. He was the governorship candidate of the defunct CPC for Borno State in 2011. He is probably coming with unflinching loyalty to the president.
Dan-Ali: A retired Brigadier-General, he is from Nirnin-Magaji Emirate of Zamfara State. He was born on August 25, 1959 and he enrolled into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, where he was successfully commissioned as a lieutenant in December 1984. He obtained Masters’ Degrees in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from Bayero University, Kano (2004-2005); Security Studies, from the Bangladesh University of Professionals, in 2009. Brigadier-General Mohammad Mansur Dan-Ali has served in different capacities in both command and staff. Some of his major appointments were: a Captain 311 Artillery Regiment Epe. He served as Battery Captain, Adjutant and Battery Commander from 1985 – 1988. In the course of his military service, he was decorated with the following: Forces Meritorious and Distinguish Service Stars, Pass Staff Course (Dagger) Command and Field Command Medals. Others include Silver and Golden Jubilee medals, United Nations Defence College Bangladesh and a member of the Nigerian Armed Forces Polo Association where he represented the Nigerian Military at USA and India at International Polo Tournament. Dan-Ali was decorated with many military honours including FSS, MSS and DSS.