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Zainab Ahmed (born 16 June 1960) is a Nigerian accountant. [1] In 2015, she was appointed as the minister of state for budget and national planning by President Muhammadu Buhari. [2]

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed
Ag. Minister of Finance
Assumed office
Minister of State for Budget and National Planning
In office
Personal details
Born (1960-06-16) 16 June 1960 (age 58)
Kaduna State
Political partyAll Progressive Congress
EducationAhmadu Bello University
Olabisi Onabanjo University

Upon the resignation of the erstwhile minister of finance Kemi Adeosun on September 14, 2018, Ahmed was appointed as finance minister in September 2018.[3]


Early life and educationEdit

Ahmed was born in Kaduna State. She had her secondary school education at Queen Amina College, Kaduna, and later proceeded to have her A'Level in Zaria[4]. She got her first degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University in 1981, after-which she proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University for her MBA.[5]

Ahmed’s MBA was obtained in August 2004 from the Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye; while her BSc Accounting (1981) was from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria; IJMB ‘A’ Levels (1979) from SBS/ABU Zaria; and WASC ‘O’ Level in 1977 from Queen Amina College, Kaduna.

Career [6]Edit

Zainab Shamsuna was the immediate past executive secretary and national coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). She was also a member of the last two NEITI boards, having worked in the NEITI and global EITI.

An accountant by profession with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from ABU Zaria and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Ahmed, in her biography, says she has “extensive knowledge and diverse experience in public sector reform and management.”

Upon graduation, Ahmed was employed in 1982 as an Accountant II in the Main Accounts of Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State and was promoted to Accountant I in March 1984, but resigned in 1985 to join NITEL. Earlier, she had done her National Youth Service in Kaduna State in 1981/1982 where she was posted for primary assignment to Messrs. Egunjobi Suleiman & Co. Chartered Accountants, and served as an Audit Trainee.

She has served the Nigerian public in various high ranking positions, including as managing director of the Kaduna State of Nigeria’s investment company, and also the chief finance officer of the Nigeria mobile telecommunications company.

Other activitiesEdit


  1. ^ "PROFILE: Zainab Ahmed: The official overseeing Nigeria's finance ministry". Premium Times. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  2. ^ "The CVs of Buhari's ministers at a glance". PM News. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  3. ^ "Buhari accepts Adeosun resignation, names Zainab Ahmed as replacement". Cable. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  4. ^ Press, Fellow (2018-09-17). "Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed's profile - Fellow Press". Fellow Press. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  5. ^ "The CVs Of Buhari's Ministers At A Glance". PM News. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  6. ^ "PROFILE: Zainab Ahmed: The official overseeing Nigeria's finance ministry". Premium Times Nigeria. 2018-09-17. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  7. ^ Board of Governors Islamic Development Bank.