- President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Aishah Ahmad as the new deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), subject to confirmation by the Senate.
- The senate has confirmed her appointment on Thursday March 22, 2018
- Her appointment is seen as an achievement for women in the top echelon of Nigeria's financial sector
In a letter to the Senate, the president urged the Senate president, Bukola Saraki to consider the expeditious confirmation of Ahmad, who would then resume work immediately.
Following her confirmation by the senate, NAIJ.com has compiled 9 facts about the new deputy governor as listed below:
1 Aishah Ahmad was born on on October 26, 1977, and is an indigene of Niger state
2 Prior to her appointment, she functioned as the executive director (retail banking) at Diamond Bank Plc
3. The 40 year old has been actively involved in banking at the top level for most part of the last 20 years.
4. Her professional banking experience traverses the NAL Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.
5. Aishah graduated from the University of Abuja, after which she bagged an MSc in finance and management from the Cranfield School of Management in the UK, as well as an MBA with a specialisation in finance from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
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6. She is the chairperson of the executive council of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), a Nigerian non-profit organisation, established in 2001
7 Aishah is expected to replace former deputy governor in charge of economic policy, Sarah Alade, who retired from the Central Bank in March 2017.
8. She is married to Abdallah Ahmad, a retired brigadier-general. They have two sons.
9. Aishah looks up to Hilary Clinton as a mentor.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has denied that one of its directors had been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Isaac Okorafor, CBN’s acting director of corporate communications, on Wednesday, October 4, in Abuja said that the report had no merit, NAN reports.
According to an earlier report, the apex bank’s deputy governor for operations directorate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, was alleged to have been arrested in a Transcorp Hilton Hotel room in Abuja with the dollar equivalent of N200 million.
The EFCC operatives were said to have acted on a tip-off. The report which had not been officially verified said that EFCC operatives stormed the room, apprehended the CBN official, handcuffed him and whisked him away to their Maitama office in Abuja.
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