I Requested for Sarah Alade’s Appointment, Says Finance Minister

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed

Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, has expressed delight in the appointment of a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CNN), Dr. Sarah Alade’ as the Special Adviser on Finance and Economy to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement issued by her Special Adviser, Media and Communication, Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, the minister who spoke about Alade whose appointment by President Mohammadu Buhari was made public Tuesday, Ahmed said: “It is gratifying to receive the news about the appointment of Dr. Sarah Alade by President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander- in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, as Special Adviser on Finance and Economy.

“I made an express request to have Dr. Alade join the team to support us in the work with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC).”

“Dr. Alade is obviously coming into her new role with a vast experience in finance and economy. I wish to express my profound gratitude to President Buhari for his foresight and diligence in selecting and picking our best brains as we strive to get our economy working again.”

Alade, who holds degrees in Economics as well as a P.hd in Management Science, was a senior management staff at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) where she held various positions, including Deputy Governor, Economic Policy; Director Banking Operations and Chairman, Board of Directors, Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS).

She was also acting governor of the CBN.