Monday, 9th September, 2013
Hajia Maryam Inna Ciroma was appointed Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) about four months ago.
Born September 11, 1954, in Borno State, the NIWA boss was appointed Minister of Women Affairs in July 2005 by then President Olusegun Obasanjo. She was replaced by Saudatu Bungudu when President Umaru Yar'Adua swore in his cabinet in July 2007.
Ciroma attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating in 1978 with a degree in Political Science, and later obtained a postgraduate diploma in Public Administration.
She worked as cadet editor, NTA Kaduna, before joining the Federal Civil Service, where she worked from 1980 to 1985, before becoming Chairman/Chief Executive of Intis Investment Company.
She is the wife of Mallam Adamu Ciroma, who was one-time Editor at New Nigerian newspapers, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and Minister of Finance under former President Obasanjo.
In 2003, she made a bid to become the PDP candidate for the Borno South Senatorial District but failed.
During her ministerial tour of duty, the Federal Government approved the National Gender Policy in pursuance of gender equality and children welfare in the country. In January 2007, her Ministry issued National Guidelines and Standards of Practice for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
Speaking in Lagos shortly after her appointment as NIWA Managing Director, she admitted that she was not a professional in the maritime industry but was open to learning. She said she needed only six months in her job to match up to any professional in the industry.
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