State, Trade, Industry & Investment

Aisha Ababakar is an exceptional woman of substance with over two decades of professional experience covering Public Service Administration, Pension, Investment Banking, SME Finance/Rural Enterprise Development & Micro Credit Administration, International Development and Human Resource Management.

Her work experience has focused principally on Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Women Development and Family Livelihood Enhancement. Her unassuming gentle, but firm mien has facilitated the fostering of strong networks and relationships both locally and internationally. 

She was admitted to the prestigious Queens College, Yaba Lagos to start her Secondary School Education from where she left for the United Kingdom in 1982 to complete her secondary education before proceeding for A ‘Levels at St. Mary’s Hall Brighton. She later obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick in 1990 and completed her Master’s Degree in Development Studies at the University of Leeds, in 1991

Upon completion of her studies, she worked at the African Development Bank (AfDB), Abidjan as Senior Bilateral Co-operation Officer from 1993 to 1997 and in the Lagos office of AfDB from 1998 to 1999. In 1999 she moved to the African International Bank (AIB) in Lagos, where she rose through a dint of hard work and dedication to duty to the position of a Senior Manager.

Aisha Abubakar later joined the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) In 2005, where her uncommon managerial acumen, hard work, dedication and resilience, saw her move through the ranks from Head of Human Resource, Administration, Company Secretary, Executive Director Finance and Administration to become the Managing Director/CEO, in 2015, 

Her commitment to excellence and an unwavering focus saw AEA receiving the Global Citizen Movement Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in leadership in 2013, in New York City, USA for being a model for entrepreneurial development as a way to lift people and communities out of extreme poverty and serving as a model for the rest of the world.

Furthermore, under her able leadership, Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), won several accolades and achieved several feats including: 

1. Successfully accessing and managing the disbursement of 2 streams of SME Loans amounting to N2billion from CBN and N150 Million from FCT with a substantial recovery:

2. Setting up a unit Microfinance Bank in Kwali, FCT, which later metamorphosed into a state MFB.

3. Commissioning of the 1st Entrepreneurial Complex for SME Start-Ups in the FCT; and

4. Setting up of a Shea Butter Village in at Abaji Area of the FCT. 

Her quest for performance and excellence saw her assuming higher roles as a Pioneer Director seeing to the welfare of pensioners under the customs, immigration and prisons department at the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD)  

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


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