Its Official: Buhari Appoints Hadiza Bala Usman, Others Into NPA
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Hadiza Bala Usman as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
This was made know in a series of tweets by the official twitter account of the President Villa, @ASorock.
The appointment according to the twitter account takes effect from yesterday, 11th May, 2016.
The appointment confirms earlier report that the president is considering appointing her into the position following recommendations from the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.
The president also appointed Mohammed Bello-Koko as the Executive Director (Finance) of the port agency, while Prof. Idris Abubakar Executive Director (Engineering).
Also appointed Dr. Sekonte Davies who will serve as Executive Director (Marine Operations)
Ms. Bala Usman, who until her appointment was the chief of staff to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was born in Zaria, Kaduna State, on January 2, 1976.
She grew up close to the ABU campus where her father worked and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2000 from the same university and her Master’s degree from the University of Leeds in 2009.
She worked for a non-governmental organisation, the Centre for Democratic Development and Research Training (CEDDERT) in Zaria, as a research assistant for a year starting in 1999.
She also worked for the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) when el-Rufai was the director-general of the privatisation agency and moved with him to work as his Special Assistant on Project Implementation.
In 2011, she worked as Director of Strategy for the Good Governance Group (3G). In 2015, she was appointed Chief of Staff to the Kaduna State governor.
She shot to national prominence in 2014 when Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped 276 girls from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Ms. Bala Usman, in conjunction with the former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, co-founded the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), which brought global attention to the plight of the kidnapped schoolgirls.
She is married to Dr. Tanimu Yakubu, former Chief Economic Adviser to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and they have two sons.