By a report of This day Newspapers, the NPA might soon have a new female Boss.
According to the report, minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has submitted Mrs Hadiza Bala Usman’s name to President Buhari as his recommendation for take the new managing director of NPA.
If the president approves Amaechi’s recommendation, Usman, will become the first female managing director of the NPA. Usman, 40, is currently the chief of staff to Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
President Buhari is said to be happy to consider the recommendation, given the past relationship he had with Ms Usman’s late father, Professor Yusufu Bala Usman, who was a renowned Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) academic, historian and activist before his death few years back.
On his part, Amaechi is said to have nominated Usman in order to balance the geo-political appointments under his ministry. Two chief executives of the foremost parastatals under his ministry – Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) – are currently from the south.
Usman came into public consciousness when she alongside Nigeria’s former Minister of Education and vice president (Africa) of the World Bank, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, founded the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group, which brought global attention to the plight of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno state.
A dependable ally of Governor El-Rufai, Usman worked with the governor when he was the director-general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and later moved with him to work as his special assistant on project Implementation. Mrs Usman is married to Katsina-born Dr Tanimu Yakubu, who is a chief economic adviser to Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua. They have two children.