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“These are very challenging times for our country” – Zainab Ahmed



"These are very challenging times for our country" - New Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed speaks as she Resumes Office | BellaNaija

Newly appointed overseer of the finance ministry Zainab Ahmed who takes over from Kemi Adeosun assumed office on Monday.

Adeosun resigned after it was revealed her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate was forged.

Ahmed said the country is facing challenging times, including serious revenue challenges, Punch reports.

President Muhammadu Buhari however has confidence in the economic team to overcome the challenges, and it is up to them to “shore up the revenues” of the country, she said.

These are very challenging times for our country.

It means we are part of the economic team that has been charged with making sure there is economic stability in our country.

We have very serious revenue challenges and it is up to us to shore up the revenues of this country.

Mr President has a lot of confidence that we can do this. We are working for Mr President, but at the end of the day, we are working for the benefit of the citizens of our country.

There are a lot of sacrifices that I know that you have done, and we are going to push ourselves to still do more so that at the end of the day we will say Alhamdulillah– glory be to God


  1. Aare

    September 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I guess the economy is still unstable, sometimes, oil money goes up sometimes oil money goes down. We just sit down and pray that oil money continue to go up or be stable.

  2. Victor Adegoke

    September 18, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Challenging times indeed!

  3. How

    September 18, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Fulani woman has come with her confusionist statement o. This Buhari play too much. Bringing a clueless person to run finance ministry just so they can loot prior to his election in case he left looses

  4. Mrs chidukane

    September 18, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Who is this woman? What ate her credentials? And why must it be a northerner? Buhari sha. His tribalism is unrepentant and unrelenting. He should have gone to rule the north alone since they are the only ones worthy of appointments.

    • Ogbeni Tuks

      September 18, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Rather than saying what are her credentials, why not find out, secondly its an interim position of course he will find a replacement

    • 9ja

      September 19, 2018 at 4:31 am

      @Ogbeni, she’s a lightweight who worked in government parastatals her entire professional career…

    • Mrs chidukane

      September 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      I actually went and googled her. Her credentials are not great. She has worked in government ministries her whole career.

  5. by_stander

    September 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    How wont there be challenges when you have laws and policies that infringe on the economic freedom and right to earn a living of human beings?

    You can continue to live in denial that you have shackled your entire economy and future prosperity to Lawyers and Accountants.

    But what am i saying you are an Accountant, the challenge you are worried about is the one that pays your pocket – we are on different pages.

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