After waiting for four months, Nigerians had expected a list of ministerial nominees – for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration – who would be considered to be more of technocrats than politicians as the latter often come with the baggage of deception and corruption. But with three professors and some others considered as technocrats, Buhari’s second list, with the names of 16 nominees was received by the public with less criticism.
Some analysts have questioned why the list has no nominee younger than 48 years old, in spite of Buhari’s campaign promise to give youths a voice in his cabinet. Buhari had during his campaign, also promised women a government that is not gender-bias, however, only six women made his final 36-person list.
The second list of ministerial nominees comprises
1. Khadijatu Bujar Abba-Ibrahim, Yobe
2. Prof. Claudius Omoyele Daramola, Ondo
3. Prof. Anthony Anwuka, Imo
4. Geoffery Onyeama, Enugu
5. Brig. Gen. M.M Dan Ali (Retd.), Zamfara
6. James E. Ocholi, Kogi
7. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Kaduna
8. Okechukwu Enelemah, Abia
9. Muhammadu bello, Adamawa
10. Mustapha Baba Shesuri, Borno
11. Miss Aisha Abubakar, Sokoto
12. Heineken Lokpobiri, Bayelsa
13. Adamu Adamu, Bauchi
14. Prof Isaac Adewole, Osun
15. Usani Usani Uguru, Cross River
16. Abubakar Buhari Bawa, Niger
How many of the names on this second list do you know? As someone said, the names of those who made the second list are far less known to the public than those who made the first list. So, we bring you a short profile of some of them, curled from The Punch, as follows:
1. Prof. Claudius Omoyele Daramola
The professor of Sociology hails from Ode-Aye in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. He received a B.Sc. Ed. In Sociology from the University of Sokoto (now Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto) and later attended the University of Jos, Plateau State where he obtained M. Ed. in Sociology of Education. Daramola got his Ph.D at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, where he has held several administrative positions including the Head of the department of Arts and Social Sciences Education. He is considered to be spiritual because of the interest he has reportedly shown in the pursuance of religious activities having founded the Daramola Memorial Methodist church, Tanke, Ilorin.
2. Prof Isaac Adewole
He is a former vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and a respected teacher of medicine. His areas of specialization are obstetrics and gynaecology. Interestingly, in Adewole, Buhari would be appointing a former foe. It was Buhari who sacked him from work about 30 years ago, when the former was Nigeria’s military head of state.
3. Usani Usani Uguru
He was the chairman of the APC in Cross River State. His nomination has, however met with allegations that he misappropriated party funds in the state and caused divisions in the party. None of these allegations made it to court as charges and as they say, ‘you are innocent until proven guilty’.
4. Heineken Lokpobiri
Born on March 3, 1967, Lokpobiri is one of the youngest nominees on Buhari’s full list. He earned a degree in Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology in 1994. He has served as a Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly for two years. Lokpobiri was also a two-term senator in the Federal Republic of Nigeria but his second term as Senator was riddled with controversies.
5. Prof. Anthony Anwuka
The professor of Education was born on April 22, 1951 in Egbuoma, Imo State. He was Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University for years and was the Secretary to the Imo State Government before he was sacked in June 2015 by Governor Rochas Okorocha. There have been allegations that his tenure as vice chancellor of Imo State University was corrupt.
6. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed
She is the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries transparency Initiative, and she has been described brave in some quarters. Ahmed, who has a first degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business administration, is also formerly the Managing Director, Kaduna Industrial and Finance Company. She is known to have stirred up controversy by announcing that about 160 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7bn was diverted under the watch of the Nigerian national petroleum Corporation between 2009 and 2012.
7. Khadijatu Bujar Abba-Ibrahim
Born on January 6, 1967, Abba-Ibrahim is the wife of the former gorvernor of Yobe State, Senator Bukar Abba-Ibrahim. On separate occasions she had attempted to become Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives but failed in all. She attended Headington Business School, Oxford Padworth College, and the Unversity of Surrey, where she earned a B.Sc. in Business Studies and Sociology in 1989. She is also a former Commissioner for Transport in Yobe State.
8. Geoffery Onyeama
He is Deputy-General, Development Sector, world Intellectual Property Organisation. Born on February 2, 1956, Onyeama’s curriculum Vitae says he speaks English, French, German and Ibo. Among his list of academic qualifications are a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Columbia University, United States and a BA in Law, Cambridge University, United Kingdom. He also has a Master of Laws from the University of London, UK.
9. Okechukwu Enelemah
He is the Chief Executive Officer, Partner, and Founder at African Capital Alliance, a company he founded in 1997. Previously, he was employed at companies including Arthur Andersen and Goldman Sachs, Zephyr Management, L.P, and UAC of Nigeria Plc. He also serves on the Board of various companies including eTranzact, Cornerstone Insurance Plc, Technoserve, Inc, Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA) and Business Day. Enemalah is a qualified medical doctor and at the same time holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
In all there is no change from the established pattern of patronage and distribution, whereby people are being compensated for their previous acts of loyalty or affiliation with the President, as has been the case in the past administrations. In fact, Senators were left with no other option than to ask general questions during screening.
What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below!