(Mama Taraba)

 

Former Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan was born 16th of September, 1959 to the family of a first republic lawmaker, Alhaji A.A. Ibrahim. Her family has always been a political family even before the time of her birth. Her father, A.A. Ibrahim joined politics (NCNC) when he was a student in Barewa College Zaria. He later joined NPC in the first Republic. He was one of the conveners of NPC in Muri Division and was the first NPC Secretary of Muri Division. He contested election under NPC in 1959 for the House of Representatives in one of the three Muri Division Constituencies. He was re-elected for second term after four years but could not finish the term because of the coup in 1966.

She attended Muhammed Nya Primary School, Jalingo; L E A Primary School, Tudun Wada, Kaduna; Saint Faith College (now GGSS) Kawo Kaduna Jan. 1973 – June 1977.

After her secondary school she attended School of Basic Studies (SBS) A. B. U. Samaru Zaria from July 1977 to July 1979 (was a prelim Science Student). She joined Students politics in ABU Main Campus in 1977 (end) when she was a little over 18 years and contested and won (for the first time by a non-undergraduate) the post of Vice President of the SUG in 1978 at 18 years plus. She later became the SUG President when the elected President was expelled from the school.

Though she went into ABU as a science student, she later switched over and enrolled to read Diploma in Law (1980) at ABU Zaria. She then read law LLB at same ABU from October 1982 to June 1985. She went to the Nigerian Law School Lagos 1985 – 1986 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and did her NYSC 1986 – 1987.

Started work as a Magistrate Grade II in April 1988 in the Kaduna State Judiciary. Senator Aisha Alhassan went for the Technical Aid Corps Programme of the Federal Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (on Secondment) to the Republic of Fiji from 1990 – 1992. She was admitted to the Fijian Bar and enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji in 1991. While she was in Fiji, her services were transferred from Kaduna State Judiciary to FCT Judiciary in 1991 as Magistrate Grade I.

She assumed duty at FCT Judiciary in 1992 when she returned from Fiji. At the time she assumed duty she was the only female Magistrate in the FCT.
She rose through the ranks and became the first female Chief Magistrate in the FCT in 1996. She was then moved to Judicial Administration as the first female Deputy Chief Registrar and Director Litigation, High Court of the FCT Abuja in 1997.
She was appointed the first female Attorney General of her State (Taraba) in 1997. She returned to FCT Judiciary after the handing over to a democratically elected Government in May 1999 and continued in her office as Director Litigation.
Senator Alhassan was appointed the first female Secretary of the FCT Judicial Service Committee in November, 2002. She was appointed the first female Chief Registrar of the High Court of the FCT in December 2003 and voluntarily retired from the FCT Judiciary as Chief Registrar on the 31st of December, 2009.

She went into active politics in October 2010 and immediately went to contest for the Senatorial seat of her Zone on the platform of the PDP. She won the election by defeating former Governor Jolly Nyame of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.

She was the governorship candidate of the APC in the 2015 general election and in November 2015 she was declared the winner of April 2015 Taraba state gubernatorial election by the Election Tribunal, thereby becoming the first woman in Nigeria to become an elected Governor. Her victory at the Tribunal was later upturned by the Appeal Court.

She was appointed as the minister of women affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015.

A perfectionist and dogged fighter, Senator Aisha Alhassan left indelible marks in the FCT Judiciary as the Chief Registrar. She transformed the Judiciary in the FCT and most of the ultra-modern structures in FCT are legacies she left behind. Because of her outstanding record she became the first Nigerian to be immortalized by the FCT Judiciary when the Library Wuse Magistrate Court was named after her after she left the services of the FCT Judiciary.

Her profile is replete with the prefix “First”. She was first elected female SUG President (ABU); first female Magistrate in FCT Judiciary; first female Chief Magistrate; first female Deputy Chief Registrar and Director Litigations; first female Secretary of the FCT Judicial Service Committee; first Chief Registrar of FCT and the first female Attorney General of Taraba State. To cap it all, she is also the first female child in the family of Alhaji A. A. Ibrahim.

 


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