Amina Zakari Is New INEC Chairman
Amina Bala Zakari has been appointed as the new Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following Prof. Attahiru Jega’s end of the term in office.According to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Barr. Danladi Kifasi, the appointment takes effect from June 30, 2015 until the appointment of a substantive Chairman. The information was disclosed in a statement signed by Haruna Imrana, Director of Communications for the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.Earlier today the Nation reported about Atahiru Jega handing over the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to his successor, Ahmed Wali.It would be recalled that about three months ago there were rumours about the presidency planning to replace Prof. Jega with Amina Bala Zakari. But at that moment the plot to remove the INEC chairman generated a lot of criticism and reactions from political parties, concerned Nigerians and groups.What you should know about Amina Bala Zakari:Amina Bala Zakari, who is presently a National Electoral Commissioner at INEC, is a pharmacist by profession hails from Jigawa State. She completed her Secondary Education from the prestigious Queens College Yaba, Lagos. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.sc) degree in Pharmacy with Second Class upper (Best Graduating Student) in 1980 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.After completing the National Youth Service, she worked as a Professional Pharmacist in various hospitals from 1983 – 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, INEC.She has also served as a Special Assistant to the President and was posted to FCT where she served as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Social Development and Agriculture and Rural Development from 2004 – 2007.Her Consultancy services covered Federal MDAs (FMWH, NAFDAC, NPHCDA etc) MDGs and the Private Sector. Amina Bala Zakari is a registered Pharmacist and Member Pharmacist’s Society of Nigeria as well as Member of Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM).Other qualifications obtained include, Certificate in Managing Drugs Supply for Primary Health Care from MHS Amsterdam in 1997, Certificate in Project Management 1998, Certificate in Senior Management from Crown Agents London in 2005 Certificate in Executive Education in Business Management from Harvard Business School.