Amina Bala Now INEC Boss

Amina Bala Now INEC Boss


Few hours after Attahiru Jega handed over the chairmanship of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to Mohammed Wali in acting capacity, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Amina Bala Zakari as Acting Chair of the commission.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, who conveyed the appointment to Mrs. Zakari in a letter, said the appointment is with immediate effect and would remain in force until the appointment of a substantive Chairman for the election body.

Haruna Imrana, the director of Communications for the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, publicly announced the appointment in a three-paragraph statement Tuesday night.

Mrs. Zakari is presently a National Electoral Commissioner at INEC.
According to her profile on INEC website, Mrs. Zakari, a pharmacist, hails from Jigawa State.

She attended Queens College Lagos and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science ( degree in Pharmacy in 1980 from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. With a Second Class Upper degree, she was the best graduating student in her class.

After her National Youth Service, she worked as a pharmacist in various hospitals between 1983 and 1996.
She then moved into the consultancy field to serve in various capacities as a consultant in health and social services from 1997 up till her appointment as National Commissioner in INEC.

She was a Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo and was deployed to the Federal Capital Territory Administration where she, between 2004 and 2007, served as Secretary of Health, Human Services and Social Development, and later that of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Ms. Zakari is a member of the Pharmacist’s Society of Nigeria as well as that of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).

Mr. Jega had before departing earlier on Tuesday handed over to another National Commissioner at the commission, Mohammed Wali.
Mr. Wali’s tenure as National Commissioner would expire on August 11, 2015.
Mr. Jega explained to the National Commissioners at the handing over ceremony that he wrote President Buhari reminding him that his tenure would expire on June 29.
Mr. Jega said he proposed to hand over to one of the National Commissioners whose tenures were yet to expire.

It was only hours after the INEC chairman’s departure that Mr. Buhari indicated his preference for Ms. Zakari.
Mr. Wali, who must have enjoyed the shortest tenure as INEC head ever, will now hand over to Ms. Zakari.

Mr. Jega had thanked Mr. Wali for accepting to act as Chairman of the Commission in spite of the short notice.
Mr. Jega gave him the following documents: handing over notes; detailed reports with appendixes; reports from the departments; three attachments on specific reports/projects being funded by the Ford Foundation and UNDP; financial statement; and up to date Statement of Account.


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