Leadership and Directors
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama
Mr Geoffrey Onyeama was sworn in as the Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs on November 11, 2015. Prior to this appointment, the Honourable Minister had a successful career with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) from 1985 to 2014. He served as the Deputy Director General of the organisation from 2009 to 2014. He was responsible for the regional bureau for Africa, Arab Countries, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean; the Least-Developed Countries Division (LDCs); the Development Agenda Coordination Divisi(DACD); The WIPO Academy and the Special Projects Division.
In his previous assignments with WIPO, he was the Assistant Director General, Coordination Sector for External Relations, Industry, Communications and Public Outreach from 2006 to 2009. He was responsible for coordinating relations with United Nations (UN) Organizations, other intergovernmental organizations, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He was also responsible for communication, public outreach, media relations and gender focal point.
In this capacity, he initiated, in 2008, with the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO), the process within WIPO that culminated in the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons, who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. From 2006 to 2012, he was also in charge, during various periods, for the WIPO External Offices in Brussels, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington,DC. Between 1999 and 2006, he served as the Acting Director, Cooperation for Development Bureau for Africa. In 1998, he became the Deputy Director, Cooperation for Development Bureau for Africa. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Senior Counsellor for Development Cooperation and External Relations, Bureau for Africa. He assumed the position of the Senior Programme Officer for Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Africa in 1990. In 1985, he joined the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) as an Assistant Programme Officer for Development Cooperation and External Relations, Bureau for Africa and Western Asia.
Before joining WIPO, the Honourable Minister worked as a Law Practitioner at Mogboh and Associates,Enugu, Nigeria, from 1984 to 1985. He began his career as a Research Officer in Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Lagos, from 1983 to 1984.
The Honourable Minister was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1983 and was also called to the English Bar of the Grey's Inn in 1981.
The Honourable Minister obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) and Master of Arts (M.A) degrees in Law from Cambridge University, UK in 1980 and 1984 respectively. He holds Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Political Science from Columbia University, New York in 1977 and and Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from University of London in 1982.
The Honourable Minister speaks Igbo, English, French and German.
He is married and has three children.
The Honourable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim
On November 11, 2015, KhadjaBukar Abba Ibrahim was sworn in as the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim was born on 6th January, 1967 to the family of AlhajiWaziri Ibrahim, a prominent politician and Minister in the First Republic. She is married to Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, former Governor of Yobe State and a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Honurable Minster attended Kaduna Capital School, Kaduna, Nigeria between 1972 and 1977. In 1978,she began her secondary school education at Queens College, Lagos. In 1980, she proceeded to Headington School, Oxford, where she completed her secondary school education in 1983. In 1986,theHonurable Minster obtained her National Diploma in Business and Finance from Pardworth College, Reading ,UK. In 1989,she received her B.Sc degree in Business Studies and Sociology from Roehampton Institute for Higher Education, an affiliate of the University of Surrey.
Shortly before she graduated from the University in 1989, the Honourable Minister worked with Abbey National Building Temple Fortune, North Finchley, UK, where she was involved in buying and selling of properties and handling Mortgage accounts of respective clients. In 1991,she worked briefly with Hatton Cross Heathrow, UK as a Public Relations Officer. Her responsibilities included getting clients to use the freight services of the company to export to the Middle East and Asia. She left the same year to join Kaguin Nigeria Limited as a Marketing Officer. She was responsible for marketing grains and petroleum products in the ECOWAS region. In 1992, she was appointed Manager, OURS Insurance Brokerage, a firm that deals with private and government accounts. Having garnered enough experience, the Honourable Minister established her own firm, ZAFACA Nigeria Limited in 1996. She worked as the CEO/Managing Director from inception till 2004. The firm was involved with government and private contractual works.Its main concerns were supplies of computers, security gadgets, hardware,etc.
In 2004, Honourable Minister Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim was appointed Commissioner for Transport and Energy,Yobe State. Her primary responsibility was overseeing the energy supply in rural areas and transport networks in the State.In 2006, she was appointed Resident Commissioner, Nicon Insurance, Yobe State.
In politics, the Honourable Minister has also made a mark. She was a three time member of the House of Representatives, representing Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency of Yobe State, She was first elected in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.While in the House of Representative, she served in different capacities. From 2007 to 2008, she was the Deputy Chairman,House Committee on Rural Development; between 2008 and 2010, she was the Deputy Chairman,House Committee on Communications; from 2010 to 2011, she served as the Chairman,House Committee on Rural Privitisation and Commercialisation.She was also a member of House Committees on Power,Water Resources, interior, Women affairs, Appropriation, etc.
The Honurable Minister has received many awards. These include, Thisday Woman Distinction Award, 2012, Sir AbubakarTafawaBalewa Inspirational Leadership Forum (SATBILA) Award, 2010, Distinguished Leadership Award by The Rotary Club of Maiduguri City,2016 among others.