As President Bola Tinubu’s Administration assigns portfolios to appointed ministers laced with the upcoming swearing-in ceremony on Monday the 21st of August 2023 at the Presidential Villa, some ministers are on the radar of those who would perform exceptionally well as they add their wealth of experience into bringing the current administration to a positive landmark achievement in its quest to make Nigeria great again. Oladapo Sofowora X-rays 5 super ministers who will be the cynosure of all eyes with their overall performance and also bring into life the hope and aspirations of President Bola Tinubu to make Nigeria soar again as the pride of Africa economically.
Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite
Youthful and highly cerebral Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite is a woman who has proved beyond doubt that she will be a proverbial Swizz knife of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration. The trained medical Doctor from the University of Benin (UniBen) was born in Oguta Local Government Area in Imo state. Her inclusion has further strengthened the women in politics and leadership and also youth in Governance mantra of the present administration.
Her Nomination brings forth novel perspectives and innovative problem-solving approaches, which are vital for addressing the intricate challenges confronting Nigeria most especially in the area of attracting foreign direct investment into Nigeria and also positioning Nigeria as an investment hub also to back the ease of doing business goals of the current administration. Her inclusion sends a strong message highlighting that women in governance are valuable and their contributions are indispensable for the country’s progress and development as they are potential home builders.
Dr. Anite is a trained medical doctor by profession but also holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter, specializing in Financial Risk Management and Portfolio Management. Doris bagged a double MBA from the London School of Economics and the New York University Stern School of Business. She also acquired certifications in Fintech, Algorithmic Trading and Advanced Risk and Portfolio Mgt from the University of Oxford. This is in addition to advanced training in some of the best Corporations in finance such as Goldman Sachs, Citibank and the London Academy of Trading, building her capacity in Advanced Financial Engineering and Data Science for Finance. In 2002, she made a career shift from the medical profession to the banking industry, rising astronomically to become the General Manager of Zenith Bank Plc charged with various critical functions which include Fixed Income and Currency Trading, Asset and Liability Management, Treasury Corporate Sales, and Financial Institutions. She was responsible for the bank’s investment strategy, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and managing risks. Her banking career kickstarted in the Human Resources and Training department, before venturing into Treasury in 2011 where She successfully handled roles in trading Fixed Income and Currencies, and eventually became a Treasurer at Zenith Bank.
In 2021, she later become the youngest commissioner in Imo state under the leadership of Governor, Hope Uzodinma. During her tenure as a commissioner, Dr. Uzoka displayed her dexterity in finance laced with exceptional interpersonal skills, which she acquired through her human resources training. These skills have been instrumental in managing the diverse local and international relationships required in her role which saw Imo State grow in finance.
As a member of CFA Society Global, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and Fellow Chartered Institute of Banking. She is also a Fellow, of the Institute of Credit Administration, Fellow, of Corporate Administration of Nigeria, Member Federal Accountability and Allocation and Member, Financial Market Dealers Association of Nigerian Banks, she is set to bring all critical stakeholders on board in her drive to ensure Nigeria grows in its trade and industry sector inline with the vision and mission of the president for the country.
Barr. Nyesome Wike
His Excellency Barr. Nyesome Ezenwo Wike has over the years proved to be a man who loves the development of his people. As a grass root politician, he graduated through the different classes of politics as a Local Government Chairman, Chief of Staff to the governor, Minister for State for Education, Governor of Rivers and now his Nomination as Minister for FCT by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration. Very dogged and a tough politician, Wike has shown the world that he is a force politically with his political prowess as he displayed at the just concluded presidential election.
He was able to make his stand on Presidency’s return to the South and worked for the actualisation regardless of party affiliation. In the same vein, he also worked for the reelection of his successor which further cement his place as a force in Rivers politics and Nigeria at large. As governor of Rivers, he ensured infrastructural renewal in all nooks and crannies as he worked till his very last days in office as Governor. He constructed roads, hospitals, and schools among others which further cemented his name in gold in river politics.
His addition as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT will further place him as one of the few ministers to watch out for as he is set to replicate his magic wand as Rivers Governor to the FCT. He will bring into bear his strength in building roads and infrastructure to strengthen the FCT and also enable a more beautiful outlook for the seat of power in the country. Wike is set to hit the ground running as he will not relent in working to bring the president’s administration to a positive scorecard with his knowledge.
Engr. David Umahi
Engineer Senator David Nweze Umahi is not a pushover when it comes to Nigeria’s political landscape. As governor of Ebonyi State, his performance can never go unnoticed. Taking a trip around the state will further show the level of development that the state witnessed under his watch. He never failed to display his knowledge as an engineer in the infrastructural development of the state with the quality of construction among others. As governor, he invested heavily to ensure the state enters the map. He also made his mark with the construction of an airport which is today adjudged one of the most beautiful in modern times with installations of modern aviation equipment that makes the smooth running of an airport.
With the construction of many state roads, Umahi ensured Ebonyi never lagged behind. As an engineer, he is bringing onboard his wide knowledge as a seasoned engineer that will corroborate the quality of infrastructure in the country and also ensure that as minister for works; the development of key infrastructure that will contribute to the socio-economic of the country is carried out. With his sterling performance as Deputy Governor and Governor of Ebonyi, he will be one of the super ministers to watch out for as he will dazzle in the role ascribed to him by President Tinubu.
Dr. Bosun Tijani
Dr Olatubosun Tijani who is the minister for Communications Innovation and digital economy is no doubt a passionate youth who is concerned about the growth of the country. He has previously vituperated his anger on the state of the nation on social media platforms which was used against him during his screening but he explained that his anger and frustration was borne out of his passion for Nigeria to grow and work like it should. His screening generated mixed reactions but after tendering his apology he became a cynosure of all eyes regardless of that he is a very brilliant chap who co-founded Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB).
Tijani is widely acknowledged for his role as an industry leader in the African technology ecosystem. He initiated the first visit of Mark Zuckerberg to Nigeria in August 2016, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in 2019 and 2023 and also hosted a fireside chat with Microsoft founder and co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates. This further places him as a voice in the innovation and technology sector as a significant game changer.
After his screening, all eyes have been on him to replicate his magic in the industry to drive Nigeria from an analogue economy to a more digitised one with his ideas and network across the world. He is being tipped to digitalise Nigeria’s economy with innovative ways that will bring about more investors in technology into the country where Nigeria can produce more tech enthusiasts and also place Nigeria as a more tech hub across the continent. Bosun is on the radar as he is set to bring his experience in the sector to drive the economy to a more digitalized one and also to create more chances for the youths to thrive in tech.
Professor Ali Pate
Minister for Health; Professor Muhammad Ali Pate is a well-celebrated Nigerian physician and politician of Practice of Public Health Leadership in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard University. He has previously served as the Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population and also as Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) at the World Bank Group. Pate is also the former Minister of State for Health in Nigeria who understands the terrain owning to his pedigree.
With Nigeria’s deficit in the public health system, Pate is looking to bring his knowledge of the landscape into play to reposition all health sectors to meet the global standard of practices and also reduce the brain drain in the medical profession. He is also one of the super ministers many are watching out for because of his solid pedigree in the health sector also as a member of various health bodies both locally and internationally.
The Bauchi-born father of six is fully onboard to correct the wrongs in health care delivery in Nigeria and also looking to bring an end to the constant strike of medical personnel in the country. Pate will also help to draw the attention of various medical bodies to the need to [partner with Nigeria in ensuring its medical system functions optimally with the creation of more federal hospitals and also equipping it with modern types of equipment and adequate manpower. The Tinubu administration is more than confident that he will prosper and also bring into play his experience to ensure a more proficient healthcare system in Nigeria.