BREAKING: Buhari Appoints #BringBackOurGirls Founder, Hadiza Usman As MD Of NPA

BREAKING: Buhari Appoints #BringBackOurGirls Founder, Hadiza Usman As MD Of NPA

By Chidi Arua | News Reporter on July 12, 2016
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President Buhari receives rescued Chibok Girl, Amina Ali and Family in State House on 19th May 2016. Hadiza Bala Usman, Bring Back Our Girls Movement Founder is on the left | AP/Azeez Akunleyan

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Hadiza Usman as the new managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA.

A statement on the official Twitter handle of the Nigerian presidency on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 confirmed the appointment of Ms. Usman, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and founder of the political #BringBackOurGirls’s movement, a forum used to push a negative media narrative against the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The president also appointed three others into the board of the Nigerian Ports Authority. Mohammed Bello-Koko is executive director in charge of finance, Professor Idris Abubakar is executive director in charge of engineering, while Dr. Sekonte Davies, is executive director of marine operations.

Hadiza Usman (2nd left) and Oby Ezekwesili founders of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Hadiza Usman (2nd left) and Oby Ezekwesili founders of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Hadiza Bala Usman is leaving her position as chief of staff to Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State. This NPA appointment is her third from Buhari since he was declared winner of the 2015 presidential elections.

She was first appointed into General Buhari’s transition committee. Immediately, she was appointed chief of staff of Governor El Rufai, she disengaged from the #BringBackOurGirls campaign which she co-founded along with Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education.

Following backlash, Ms. Hadiza Usman told journalists that she never denied being a member of the then, opposition APC party and was always a member even when starting the organisation which created “a strong emotional campaign in mobilising public sentiment against the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan”.

President Buhari also appointed to serve in his anti-corruption advisory committee chaired by Professor Itse Sagay.

Ms. Bala Usman was born in Zaria, Kaduna 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 in Zaria, as a research assistant for a year starting in 1999.

She also worked for the Bureau of Public Enterprises when El-Rufai was the director-general of the privatisation agency and moved with him to work as his special assistant on Project Implementation.

She is married to Dr. Tanimu Yakubu, former chief economic adviser to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and they have two sons.

Additional reports by Signal

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