From Taofiq Jimoh Adeniyi, Ilorin
A 26 year-old female corps member, Miss Joana Nnazua Kolo, is on the list of commissioner-nominees that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State transmitted to the state House of Assembly for approval and confirmation on Tuesday.
Miss Kolo, a nominee from Edu Local Government Area of the state, is a 2018 graduate of Library Science from the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete and currently undergoing her National Youth Service Corps programme in Jigawa State.
Others nominated as commissioners in the impending cabinet of Governor AbdulRazaq are Arinola Fatima Lawal (Ilorin East Local Government Area), Aishat Ahman-Pategi (Patigi Local Government Area) and Saadatu Modibbo Kawu (Ilorin South Local Government Area).
In the letter dated September 5th, 2019 and addressed to the Speaker, Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, the Governor said his request for the approval of the nominees was in line with Section 192 subsection 1 and 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Speaker who read the Governor’s letter during plenary on Tuesday deferred the screening of the nominees, saying that it would be announced at a later date.
However, information from the office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said Miss Kolo, a grassroots mobiliser and ardent advocate of community development, is the youngest commissioner-nominee in the history of the state.
If confirmed, she would be Nigeria’s youngest commissioner, taking the trophy off Oyo State’s 27-year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede.
For her NYSC Place of Primary Assignment, Miss Kolo currently teaches at Model Boarding Junior Secondary School Guri.
Her screening for the cabinet seat would hold after she rounds off her NYSC service in the next two weeks.
The statement said the three other commissioner-nominees are professionals and grassroots politicians: Arinola Fatimoh Lawal, Aisha Ahman- Pategi and Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu.
Arinola Fatimoh Lawal, a 1993 graduate of Catering and Hotel Management from the Kwara State Polytechnic, is a top-rated player in Nigeria’s hospitality industry with experience as chief executive officer of several firms including Batool Nigeria Limited, Mohbalamira Nigeria Limited and MirMira Enterprise.
Mrs Lawal, who was a member of the Kwara State Transition Committee in 2019, is a daughter of former Kwara State Governor Mohammed Lawal from Ilorin East local government.
Her skills cover project management, tourism and hospitality, change management, and Risk Management. A grassroots mobiliser with effective leadership skills and emotional intelligence, the nominee is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State.
A scion of one of Kwara’s oldest political families, nominee Aisha Ahman-Pategi is a professional business manager with over 20 years experience in communication strategy, investment/financial consulting, and marketing and motivational leadership. She is a serial entrepreneur known for a contagious passion for excellence and innovation with great resource skills in research, government and relations.
Ms Ahman-Pategi was educated at the School of Remedial Studies and FASS-International Relations in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State in 1996; Agent and Broker License Barney Fletcher School, in Atlanta GA, USA in 2004; Capstone Institute of Mortgage Finance, also in Atlanta in 2006; Stanford University, Stanford California where she obtained a certificate in Political Science (Data Analysis) in 2013; Bachelor of Art – Mass Communication from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma; and MBA Business Administration from American Inter-Continental University, Dunwoody GA.
Aisha was Sales Manager for J&S Auto Sales Decatur, GA 30082 before founding A-Line Realty SMYRNA, GA 30082 in 2004 as the President and Managing Broker. The agency serves more than 300 clients by providing financial planning, assets management, commercial and residential estate transactions.
Between 2005 and 2007, she joined Continental Mortgage/World Financial Services Inc., Atlanta, GA 30324 as Financial Advisor/Mortgage consultant where she assisted clients with their needs via financial need analysis.
Aisha, a former Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Strategy and Communication, has also worked for the nonprofit Project Coach Foundation since 2018 as executive director.
The nonprofit organisation serves the most vulnerable communities in Nigeria through Community Outreach, Advocacy, Capacity building and Health (COACH) projects.
A 1997 graduate of Economics from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Mrs Modibbo-Kawu also holds Masters in Business Administration from University of Ilorin and various certificates from Penn Foster Career School Scranton in the United States and Metropolitan School of Business and Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A member of several professional bodies like the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria and Nigeria Institute of Management, she is a co-founder of a number of schools and learning centres.
She is married to the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu and would be representing Ilorin South in the cabinet if her nomination scaled through the House of Assembly.