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Zainab Ahmed Nigeria’s Chancellor of the Exchequer

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Zainab Ahmed (Nigeria’s Chancellor of the Exchequer)

Nigerian’s Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, a rare combination of beauty and brain, was born on June 16, 1960 in Kaduna state. She had her secondary school education at Queen Amina College, Kaduna, where she did her WASC ‘O’ Level in 1977 and later proceeded to have her A’Level in SBS/ABU Zaria in 1979. She got her first degree in Accounting from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in 1981, after-which she proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University in 2004 for her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)

She has extensive knowledge and diverse experience in public sector reform and management.

Upon graduation, Mrs Ahmed was employed in 1982 as an Accountant II in the Main Accounts of Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State and was promoted to Accountant I in March 1984, but resigned in 1985 to join NITEL. Earlier, she had done her National Youth Service in Kaduna State in 1981/1982 where she was posted for primary assignment to Messrs. Egunjobi Suleiman & Co. Chartered Accountants, and served as an Audit Trainee.

She has served the Nigerian public in various high ranking positions, including as managing director of the Kaduna State’s investment company, and also the chief finance officer of the Nigeria mobile telecommunications company.

Mrs. Ahmed was the immediate past executive secretary and national coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). She was also a member of the last two NEITI boards, having worked in the NEITI and global EITI.

Apart from her stint at NEITI, between March 2009 and October 2010, she served as managing director of the Kaduna Industrial and Finance Co. Ltd (KIFC); acting chief finance officer at Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (MTEL) between July 2002 to March 2009. In the same vein, between March 1985 to June 2002, she also served at the Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL), where she was senior officer (finance) and moved up the level of deputy general manager in charge of corporate treasury until 2002.

Her other professional qualifications include Fellow, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria; Fellow, Institute of Company and Commercial Accountants and Member, Chartered Institute of Management Taxation as well as Member, Nigerian Institute of Management.

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