• The world celebrates 2019 International Women's Day.
  • Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari assures more opportunities for women in his government.
  • Here's a list of 31 of the most high-profile female appointees in Buhari government as released by the Presidency.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has assured he will ensure that more women are given opportunities within the administration as the world celebrates women's day.

This is coming as the presidency released a list of 31 of the most high-profile female appointees in the Buhari government.

The 2019 International Women's Day is themed; BALANCE FOR BETTER, highlighting the all-important quest for a gender-balanced world.

Presidency
Nigerian President, Muhamamdu Buhari

These are the most high-profile female appointees by Buhari:

  • Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance
  • Aisha Abubakar, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development
  • Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
  • Marilyn Amobi, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) 
  • Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire
  • Sharon Ikeazor, Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) 
  • Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry (Oversees the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP)
  • Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
  • Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) 
  • Stella Okotete, Executive Director, Business Development, NEXIM Bank  
  • Juliet Ibekaku, Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reform and the National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership (OGP) 
  • Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Nigeria 
  • Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator/ CEO, SERVICOM. 
  • Ronke Sokefun, Chairperson, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)  
  • Azuka Obageli Azinge, Acting Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) 
  • Abike Dabiri, Chairperson and CEO, National Diaspora Commission  
Abike Dabiri-Erewa
  • Jumoke Oduwole, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, and Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) 
  • Patience Oniha, Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO) 
  • Damilola Ogunbiyi, Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency (REA) 
  • Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)  
  • Mariam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment  
  • Fatima Waziri-Azi, Rule of Law Advisor, Office of the Vice President  
  • Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)  
  • Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)
Hadiza Bala Usman
  •   Amina Ado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Oil and Gas  
  • Edirin Akemu, Coordinator, Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council   
  • Lucy Omosefe-Ajayi, Executive Director, Lagos International Trade Fair Complex Management Board 
  • Folashade Joseph, Managing Director, Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation (NAIC)
  • Cecilia Gaya, Director-General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON)  
  • Rahimatu Aminu-Aliyu, Executive Director, Loans and Mortgage Services, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) 
  • Kemi Nelson, Executive Director, Operations, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

The Presidency said these women have contributed immensely to the successes of the administration. 

“Without their vision and drive and hard work the story would be a very different one; a much less successful and inspiring narrative,” a statement from the presidency on Friday reads.