El-Rufai names Hadiza Bala Usman, first female chief of staff

Jun 29 2015 - 8:45pm

Femi Adi/ Kaduna

Hadiza Bala Usman

Hadiza Bala Usman

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has appointed Hadiza Bala Usman as his Chief of Staff, perhaps the first woman to be so appointed since the office was created in 1999, with the return to democratic rule in Nigeria.

He also appointed a new Special Assistant New Media and a Personal Secretary .

Hadiza Bala Usman is a well-known figure in the All Progressives Congress, where she served in a number of committees and capacities, key amongst which are: the Administrative Secretary of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization, Member Secretary APC Elections Planning Committee, Member APC Strategy Committee. She was also Director of Finance in the Nasir El-Rufai Campaign Organization, and later the Kaduna State APC Campaign Council.

She was born in Zaria where her father, the famous radical historian Yusufu Bala Usman, was lecturing at the university. Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman himself later became Secretary to the Kaduna State government during the Balarabe Musa administration.

She started her primary education at ABU Staff School, attended ABU Demonstration Secondary School and earned a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 2000. She later obtained an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, in 2009.

Hadiza worked at the Bureau Of Public Enterprises (BPE) from 2000 until 2004 when she was hired by the UNDP for the Federal Capital Territory Administration [FCTA] from October 2004 – January 2008 as a Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Project Implementation.

Since 2011, she has been Director of Strategy for the Good Governance Group (3G).

In April 2014, she co-founded the global movement #BringBackOurGirls which has been demanding for the rescue of the 219 young girls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok Secondary School in Borno State North East Nigeria.

Hadiza has been internationally recognized for her contributions. Financial Times [FT] named her amongst the most influential women of 2014, while CNN chose her as the most inspiring woman of 2014. Ebony Magazine also named her amongst the 100 most influential black women in the world in 2014. In August 2014 she gave a touching speech on Chibok Girls at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during UN DPI conference as a guest speaker.

Mrs. Saude Amina Mohammed is Governor El-Rufai’s Personal Secretary, in the statement issued by the governor’s chief press secretary, Samuel Aruwan

Saude Amina is a graduate of Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing from Coventry University, UK. As a researcher with the Good Governance Group, she provided support for the work of Malam Nasir El-Rufai on the critically acclaimed budget series published in his weekly newspaper column.

Saude Amina is the grand-daughter of the Reverend Canon H.O Mohammed of Wusasa, Zaria, who was the former Chief Commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission and Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Bashir Dabo is the governor’s Special Assistant New Media .

Bashir Dabo holds an M.Sc. in International Business Management from the University of Bedforshire, United Kingdom and a Master’s in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He was assistant coordinator of the Kaduna State APC Situation Room for the 2015 elections.

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