Senate confirms Aishah Ahmad as CBN Deputy Governor
The Senate recently confirmed the nominations of Mrs. Aishah Ahmad and Mr. Edward Adamu as deputy governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria. This will pave the way for the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank to hold its meeting slated for April 3 and 4.
Aishah Ahmad is a Nigerian accountant, financial analyst and financial manager, who was appointed Deputy Governor, of the Central Bank of Nigeria on 6 October 2017. Prior to her appointment, Aishah Ahmad was the Head, Consumer and Privilege Banking at Diamond Bank.
Aishah Ahmad profile looks inspiring. She was born in Niger State on October 26, 1976. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Abuja. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from University of Lagos majoring in finance.
Aishah Ahmad also holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Management which was awarded by Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom. She is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Aishah Ahmad started out in the private sector as a Group Accountant at “Manstructs Group Nigeria Limited”. The then worked at Z.O Ososanya & Company. She transferred to First Interstate Bank (Nigeria) Plc., as Executive Assistant, Treasury Group.
Later, she worked as head of Retail Banking at Zenith Bank Plc and as Head of Private Banking at NAL Bank Plc, which today trades as Sterling Bank Nigeria. She has also served as the head of business development at Zenith Capital Limited.
She had stints at the Bank of New York Mellon in the United Kingdom and at Synesix Financial Limited, also in the United Kingdom. From 2009 until 2014, she served in various capacities at Stanbic IBTC Holdings, including as Head, High Net Worth Individuals.
Aishah Ahmad husband is Abdallah A. Ahmad, a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Armed Forces. She has two children.
Aishah Ahmad said that her career story has unfolded one opportunity at a time, one job role at a time, one contact at a time and what has worked over the years has been a focus on doing her very best in the current job. She works hard to be indispensable to her colleagues and bosses, being open to new opportunities and creating exciting projects within that role.
The pace setter said she is also fortunate to have worked in organisations and with people that have offered her opportunities and challenges, allowing her to bring out the very best of her talents, natural predispositions and skills.
On getting women into more leadership roles, Aishah Ahmad stated that it is a comprehensive issue that must be tackled wholesomely. The focus should not only be on women in careers, business and public service but on the conditioning given to young children at home and in schools.
It will require inclusion consciousness in all aspects of public and private life: ensuring that everyone in society has equal stake and opportunity to contribute (not only women) to national development. Girls must be sent to school and told they can do, be anything they want to be and we must collectively have high expectations of both boys and girls in the home and at school.