The Constitution does not require that Nigeria's Minsters be exclusively men or women. However in the ministerial list submitted to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki on Thursday, only 3 Nigerian women were nominated as ministers according to multiple reports.
During his campaign, Buhari promised to implement the National Gender Policy, which allocates 35 percent of appointive positions for women.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan brought about an increase in women’s political participation from 10% in 2011 to over 33% in 2013, with the appointment of 13 female Ministers out of 42, and four Special Advisers out of 18.
While we await the names of the outstanding nominees, here are the women to expect in Tuesday's Ministerial List
Amina Mohammed (b. 1961)
She was the former Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on the Millennium Development Goals. During this period, she advised the presidency on macro-economic issues, sustainable development and poverty. She also established and implemented the Virtual Poverty Fund. Mohammed has served on international advisory boards such as the UN Secreatry General’s Global Sustainability Panel and the Gates Foundation.
In June 2012, she was appointed as the Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning to Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General.
Kemi Adeosun (b. 1967)
Upon leaving her job at Price Water Cooper in 2002, she joined Denham Management and rose to the title of Managing Director. She was also the Managing Director of Quo Vadis Partnership, a position she held for about a year before she was appointed the Finance Commissioner in Ogun state in 2011. Adeosun has also been nominated by Governor Ibikunle Amosun to join the state’s cabinet.
Aisha Alhassan (b.1959)
Alhassan, a retired Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, was the Taraba state Commisioner for Justice and Attorney General before she was elected a Senator for the Taraba North constituency of the state. Aisha Alhassan became popular by being the first woman to run for a governorship position in Nigeria.