Aisha Abubakar
Hon. Minister of State For Industry, Trade and Investment

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Aisha Abubakar was born into the family of the renowned Nigerian and elder statesman Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji and the royal family of the Sokoto caliphate, on the 20th of July, 1966.

In 1978, she was admitted on national merit to the prestigious Queen’s College, Yaba Lagos to start her secondary education, and in 1982 she went to the United Kingdom to complete her secondary education and study for her A levels at St. Mary’s hall Brighton.

Aisha graduated with a BA in politics and International Studies, and a Master’s degree in Development Studies in 1991.

At this point, she came to the realization that it was imperative for her to begin to think about giving back to her community back home in Sokoto state. She was keen on helping people and the Masters in Development Studies shaped her thoughts.

She returned to Nigeria and obtained a position with the African Development Bank (ADB) in 1996. After several years in ADB she moved into the African International Bank (AIB) in Lagos and rose to become a senior manager.
In 2005, she joined the Abuja enterprise agency (AEA) where she became the MD/CEO. Aisha’s commitment to excellence and dedicated focus saw AEA through to receive the Global Citizen Movement Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in leadership in 2013 in New York City, USA. Under her watch AEA, secured over N2billion naira that was disbursed to SME’s in the FCT with an 80% recovery rate.

Aisha also fought hard to see the establishment of the first Microfinance Bank owned by the FCDA and located in Kwali area council, which today is a big blessing to business owners in that area.After over 10 years in AEA, she moved into the Pension Industry as a pioneer Director of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) seeing to the welfare of pensioners under the Customs, Immigration and Prisons department.

She had only been in PTAD for a few months, when His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari appointed her as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in November 2015.

Today, Aisha Abubakar serves her country as the Honorable Minister of State for the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. As the Minister of State, she has started working on the industrialization of the nation, with her team looking at diversification of our nation’s economy. She believes that SMEs development, revitalization of industrial parks and clusters as well as providing an enabling environment are some of the ways the administration will deliver on her mandate to Nigerians.

Nigeria is open for business and we are committed to accelerating our growth, removing barriers to business and ensuring that we get back into the path of national prosperity. The organized private sector and all groups are now called upon to respond and do their bit in turning around our economy.

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