Wednesday, 9 September 2015

APC’s National Woman Leader Elected Council Of African Political Parties’ Chair In Sudan | + Untold Story of her Rising Profile in Service


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Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu

Is there anyone out there who still doubts that the ruling All ProgressiveParty, APC is a party where gender equality thrives alongside professional merit and candor? Then find out the profile of Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu (Nee Sidi) who is the national women leader of the party.

Hajia Ramatu Tijani Aliyu comes into the political arena with a garland of experience in Corporate and Public Service coupled with years of political maturity that is second to none. Her rare feats in private and public endeavor in the last 20 years are seen as a formidable asset needed to pilot a political career role in the newly established Government of President Muhammad Buhari.
APC, the party and its Leader, President Muhammad Buhari being a merit based entity might appreciate the career expertise of this Kogi State born techno-politico.
Due to a high expectation for gender revival and a robust and merit based affirmative action plan by APC and the Presidency, sources in high places are beginning to look up for what is termed value expertise in Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyus profile which comes handy with a bouquet of experience that cut across public and private sector of the Nigerian economy and which can equally translate into a value added profit at the higher national level.
Political analysts who are watching events at higher level are of the opinion that Ramatu Tijani Aliyu is a veritable asset among a crop of women leaders who have grounded knowledge in private and public service delivery through various cycle of leadership development.

“Her insatiable appetite for quality education for the role of leadership was not done yet as she returned to school in the early part of year 2012 but this time it was  Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where she bagged a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, MPA in year 2014”.
Young, experienced and amiable, Ramatu Tijani Aliyu who became the national woman leader of her party APC in 2014 was the former National Woman Leader of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) between 2010 and 2013.
Before then she held several roles as national vice chairman of ANPP, North Central Zone between 2008 and 2009.
In the course of her Public Service Career, she worked as the Special Adviser to the Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Women Affairs, Youth and Social Development between 2004 and 2007. At same time she was also handling the dual portfolio of Focal Person, FCT (2) and Lead Liaison Officer between the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory and the implementation of Millennium Development Goal Projects at the MDG office. She was there between 2005 and 2007.
Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu actually built her political experience at several committee level of her party ANPP. She was a Member of the ANPP National Reconciliation Committee in 2009 and in 2011; the board of the party elevated her to become a member of the National Convention Planning Committee.

Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu

In year 2012, the party elected Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu  further as Member of the ANPP National Rebuilding and Inter-Party Contact Committee which was responsible for the eventual merger of the South West Based Action Congress of Nigeria (A.C.N) and the Northern Nigeria based All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) which metamorphosed to the ruling All Progressive Party (APC). The merger came to be through the instrument of the Inter-Party Contact Sub-Committee of the National Rebuilding and Inter-Party Contact Committee where Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu also played an all inclusive role.
In 2014, Hajiya Ramatu was appointed as the Chairman, APC Extra Ordinary National Convention Delegates Nomination Committee which held in Ogun State.
The same year she was given the sheer responsibility to be a special member of the APC Gubernatorial Primaries Nomination Committee in Osun State, a role she dispatched with rare candor and equanimity and which further led to her elevation as the National Woman Leader of the party.
During the 2015 election, Hajiya Ramatu's responsibility grew wider as she was appointed as the Director, Women Mobilization, APC Presidential Campaign Council which enabled her to coordinate several female political groups and cells of the party across the 36 states of the Federation including Abuja.
She was later elected as the President, Women Wing of Council of African Political Parties a Pan African Organization in the month of August 2015 due to her leadership ingenuity and political sagacity. The event took place at Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.   
A brief excursion into Hajia Ramatu’s early career says much of her vast knowledge in the affairs of corporate and public administration. She started her career as the Chief Executive Officer, Azah Intermediaries (Nig.) Limited, Abuja, a Civil Engineering Concern where she made her first professional calling as a CEO. She later moved to Habisco (Nig.) Ltd in the capital city of Abuja where she held the post of Executive Director. Few years later, she was head hunted again by another company Jayzee Outfit Ventures, Abuja where she worked as the Managing Director for several years before she finally retired into active politics in 2004.
Hajia Ramatu who is a member of several professional bodies like Nigerian Institute of Town Planners and Nigerian Institute of Public Administration to mention just a few, has facilitated and initiated several human development projects which includes, Global Women & Youth Empowerment Strategy (Human Resource Development Tink-Tank) which has produced several women leaders in her North Central Region in the last couple of years.
This rare breed Private and Public Sector expert is equally the Matron of Girl’s Guide and a Member of several other groups like African Women in Leadership Organization and Women in Leadership Forum. She is also a leading member of APC Victory Club and the Matron, Buhari – Youth Organization.

Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu

Hajiya Ramatu is a voracious seeker of  knowledge for  the elevation of quality leadership and to this cause, she has attended several life changing  seminars  on Legislative Procedures in Local Government Councils”- which was sponsored by the Senate Committee on States and Local Government Affairs in Lokoja, Kogi State few years ago.
She equally attended a National Workshop on “Strategies for Effective and Sustainable Internal Revenue Generation at the Local Government Level” at the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja. All these are time tested self development endeavors that has emboldened the leadership brawn of HajiyaRamatu Tijani Aliyu during the course of her several endeavors in public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Born June 12, 1970, the amiable APC Woman Leader attended Dawaki Primary School, Suleja, Niger State for her Certificate of Primary Education between 1976 and 1982.
Between 1982 and 1988 she attended the Federal Government College Minna, Niger State for her Senior School Certificate from the West African Examination Council.
She later moved to the School of General & Remedial Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where she bagged a Certificate of Remedial Studies Programm between 1989 and 1990.
Between 1994 and year 2000 the young and ambitious Ramatu returned to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where she enrolled for a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and later graduated as a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons.) Second Class, (Lower Division).

Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu

Her insatiable appetite for quality education for the role of leadership was not done yet as she returned to school in the early part of year 2012 but this time it was  Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where she bagged a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, MPA in year 2014.
Hajia Ramatu has few honorary academic awards for her intellectual excellence. She has a Doctor of Public Administration, (DPA) Honoris Causa Doctoral degree conferred on her by Commonwealth University, London, United Kingdom in 2013.
Abbey College, London Graduate School, United Kingdom also honored her with a Certificate in Leadership Skill same year.
Before her early year foray into the private sector, Hajiya Ramatu actually had a stint with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as a National Youth Corps member and her experience there helped to shape her leadership skills afterwards.
Married to a banker in the person of Ahmed Tijani Aliyu with three lovely children to show for the union, Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu enjoys reading, fabric design and interior decoration as her hubby.
With her at the federal level in company of other sharp brains like herself, it is most sure that the result of a government which seeks to effect change at all strata of society will be more pronounced.
Hajiya (Dr) Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu was recently elected President of the Council of African political parties (CAPP) Women wing at the general assembly of the organization in Khartoum, Sudan.  With this, her feat has earned Nigeria a Pan-African laurel which can only be complimented with a higher assignment at the national level.

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