Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhar on Tuesday appointed Amina Bala Zakari, as acting Chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
It is the first time in Nigeria that INEC would be chaired by a woman. Zakari, until her appointment, was a commissioner in INEC.
Her appointment followed the expiration of the tenure of Professor Attahiru Jega, who, on Tuesday, vacated the seat with six other commissioners and handed over to an INEC Commissioner, Alhaji Waziri Wali.
Announcing the appointment in a letter to Zakari, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, said the appointment is with immediate effect pending the appointment of a substantive chairman.
Amina Bala Zakari, 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.
Mrs Zakari, Nee Husaini Adamu, was born on the 23rd of June 1960.