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Zainab Ahmed; Nigerian Presidency Appoints New Finance Minister As Certificate Forgery Forces One Out

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, is the full name of the freshly appointed acting Finance Minister of Nigeria.

Howafrica recalls that Ahmed was appointed shortly after the resignation of Kemi Adeosun on Friday, September 14 over a NYSC certificate scandal.

President Muhammadu Buhari who accepted Adeosun’s resignation letter, appointed Ahmed to oversee the ministry with immediate effect.

In a letter to the president, Adeosun wrote: “I have, today, become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine. This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign.”

Adeosun, who was born in the United Kingdom explained that she only obtained her first Nigerian passport at the age of 34 when she relocated to Nigeria. Not sure whether the NYSC Law applied to her, she made enquiries. “Upon enquiry as to my status relating to NYSC, I was informed that due to my residency history and having exceeded the age of 30, I was exempted from the requirement to serve.”

“On the basis of that advice and with the guidance and assistance of those, I thought were trusted associates, NYSC were approached for documentary proof of status. I then received the certificate in question,” she wrote, stressing that she had no idea that the certificate was forged.

She wrote further: “I am proud that Nigeria has brought discipline into its finances, has identified and is pursuing a path to long term sustainable growth that will unlock the potential in this great economy.


“Under your leadership, Nigeria was able to exit recession and has now started to lay the foundations for lasting growth and wealth creation. Repositioning this huge economy is not a short term task and there are no short cuts, indeed there are tough decisions still to be made but I have no doubt that your focus on infrastructural investment, revenue mobilisation and value for money in public expenditure will deliver growth, wealth and opportunity for all Nigerians.”

A statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina said the President has approved that the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, oversee the Ministry of Finance, effective immediately.

Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Nigeria’s Ahmadu Bello University and an MBA from the Ogun State University.

Before Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed new appointment, she was the State Minister, Budget and National Planning of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

55 year old Ahmed was born in Kaduna state, She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1981 and an MBA from the Ogun state University, Ago Iwoye.

She started work in 1982 as an Accountant in Kaduna State Ministry of Finance in Kaduna state and moved to Nigerian Telecommunication Ltd (NITEL)

In 1995, where she worked in various departments and rose to the rank of the Deputy General Manager (DGM).

In 2010, she was appointed to serve as the executive secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

She is a fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), a member of the Nigerian Institute of Taxation and the Nigerian Institute of Management.

In March 2009, she was appointed Managing Director of Kaduna Investment Company. She was then appointed a member of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG).


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