Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim: Nigeria’s New Minister of Youth

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By Daniel Edu

President Bola Tinubu has made a significant appointment by naming Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim as the new minister responsible for the Ministry of Youth. This announcement was made through a statement released by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity. It is important to note that her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Here’s a glimpse into the profile of Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim:

1. **Background**: Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim is a 37-year-old medical doctor, politician, and development practitioner. She has a deep commitment to public service and is a strong advocate for the United Nations Global Goals.

2. **Previous Roles**: Before this appointment, she served as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Kwara State on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She hails from a family with a history of political involvement, being the daughter of Ibrahim Isa Bio, who held various ministerial positions and legislative roles.

3. **Political Engagement**: Dr. Ibrahim was the National President of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Young Women Forum (APC PYWF), demonstrating her active involvement in the political landscape.

4. **Health Advocacy**: She previously served as the Senior Special Assistant on Health matters to the Governor of Kwara State, indicating her dedication to healthcare and well-being.

5. **Humanitarian Work**: Dr. Jamila volunteered in the northeastern region of Nigeria as part of The Presidential Committee on the NorthEast initiative. Her work involved supporting vulnerable and internally displaced persons in the region. She also contributed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s campaign during the 2019 general election.

6. **Awards and Recognitions**: She has received several awards and recognitions for her contributions, including the Clean Nigeria Ambassador award for her work in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene sector. Additionally, she was honored with the UN Peace Ambassador award by the International Association of World Peace Advocates and a Distinguished honorary award for her contributions to Education and SDGs, supported by UNESCO Nigeria.

7. **International Representation**: Dr. Jamila has represented Nigeria and Kwara State as a speaker on international platforms such as the United Nations and the African Union, showcasing her commitment to global issues.

With her diverse background, commitment to development, and extensive experience in both healthcare and politics, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim brings a wealth of expertise to her new role as Nigeria’s Minister of Youth.

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