What you need to know about the 7 ‘Amazons’ who made Tinubu’s ministerial list

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By Oluwapelumi Oluwayemi

In a groundbreaking move for gender representation in Nigerian politics, President Bola Tinubu has unveiled a list of ministerial nominees, with 25% of the nominees being women.

These remarkable women, dubbed the “Amazons,” are set to take on key leadership roles in the nation’s government, bringing their expertise and dedication to the fore. Let’s delve into their remarkable profiles:

1. Dr. Betta Chimaobim Edu

  Betta Edu

Dr. Edu is a prominent Nigerian female politician and a medical doctor with a specialization in public health. She was the Cross River State Commissioner for Health before her resignation in 2022. As the National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), she has been a vocal advocate for healthcare reform and women’s rights.

In July 2023, the state Women Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across all 36 states in Nigeria including that of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) passed a vote of confidence on Betta Edu. They did this during their visit to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

2. Barr. Hannatu Musawa Hannatu Musawa

Musawa is a renowned barrister and solicitor with an impressive track record in the legal field. Her dedication to justice and advocacy for the marginalized has made her a respected voice in Nigeria’s legal circles. Beyond her legal career, she has also been actively involved in politics, contesting for a federal house of representatives legislative seat in Katsina State.

Hannatu Musawa is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme court of Nigeria, she is also a qualified solicitor in England & wales, UK. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

3. Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejocha

Nkeiruka Onyejocha

Hon. Onyejocha is a highly regarded politician and public servant, known for her commitment to community development. Her tenure as the Transition Executive Chairman of Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State saw the implementation of erosion control projects, improved community security, and rehabilitation of feeder roads. She is a vocal champion for women’s rights and empowerment.

Onyejocha political career started with her appointment in 2002 to the executive cabinet of Abia State as commissioner for Resource Management and Manpower Development by Governor Orji Uzor Kalu. She is recognised for the establishment of skill acquisition centres across Abia state.

4. Hon. Stella Okotette

Stella Okotette

Hon. Okotette’s focus on economic development and social empowerment has set her apart as a dedicated public servant. Her work with the E’Girls Right Foundation reflects her commitment to philanthropy and community service. As a politician, she has worked tirelessly to represent her constituents and bring about positive change in her country.

5. Hon. Uju Kennedy Ohaneye Hon. Uju Kennedy Ohaneye

Hon. Ohaneye’s trailblazing journey in politics has shattered stereotypes and proven that women can excel in any field they choose. Her commitment to hospitality, social and political engineering, and her compassion for the indigent and needy has won her admiration and support from the grassroots level.

6. Mrs. Iman Suleiman Ibrahim: Iman Suleiman Ibrahim

Mrs. Ibrahim’s appointment as the director-general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) showcased her advocacy for women’s empowerment and social justice. Her dedication to humanitarian causes and philanthropic work has uplifted the lives of many, especially those in vulnerable situations.

7. Dr. Doris Aniche Uzoka Dr. Doris Aniche Uzoka

Dr. Doris Aniche Uzoka, an accomplished medical professional, has made remarkable contributions to healthcare research and technology, positively impacting countless lives.

These seven women have become powerful symbols of determination, passion, and compassion, proving that with dedication and hard work, they can make a lasting impact on society. Their nominations represent a step forward in breaking gender barriers in Nigerian politics, inspiring countless others to pursue leadership roles and contribute to the country’s progress.

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