As the year draws to a close, the following federal ministers of the Nigerian nation are My Ministers of the Year – 2017.
- Minister of Finance – Kemi Adeosun: She has tirelessly worked to reform the structure and nature of Nigeria’s finances. Her efforts on processes demonstrate a clear vision to build enduring institutions. From TSA to improving the nation’s tax revenue, this woman has served her nation, at the highest level, excellently.
- Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Audu Ogbeh and Heineken Lokpobiri. Mr Ogbeh may not be fashionable, but he is building a system that connects a new generation of Nigerians into farming. He is pushing reforms to make it possible for farmers to become business-people, by phasing out elements of the broken Anchor Borrowers Scheme without clear enablers. A strong advocate for farmers, under his watch, the nation has pumped money into agriculture even as he mobilizes citizens to embrace agriculture. Mr. Ogbeh is strongly supported by his junior minister Heineken Lokpobiri.
- Minister for Communication – Adebayo Shittu. Barr Shittu is the hardest working minister in the cabinet. There is nothing he has not touched. He is working to reform many government businesses under his ministry despite obvious challenges before him. But you cannot blame him for lack of trying. From reforming NIPOST to NigComSat to starting an ICT University, Barr Shittu is everywhere. The impacts may not be obvious because he is tackling all these without much budget. But you can see a man that is action-oriented, doing all to make real impacts.
- Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment – Okechukwu Enelamah and Aisha Abubakar: The duo of Mr. Enelamah and Ms Abubakar are working to establish one of the most promising trade agreements in the history of Nigeria. As they do this, they are helping to dismantle all the ills of doing business in Nigeria. People just have to give them time. Anyone registering a company today will know that Corporate Affairs Commission works better. The recent uptick in the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria is a clear sign both are working.
That is my opinion, as an entrepreneur and a citizen of Nigeria.