Buhari Appoints Maryam Uwais As Special Adviser For Social Protection Plan


President Buhari has appointed the wife of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammadu Uwais as the Special Adviser to the president for Social Protection Plan. A source close to the presidency who prefers to be anonymous, made the disclosure that Uwais was appointed weeks ago.

According to the source, the lawyer has been deployed to Vice President Yemi Osibanjo’s office where she is harmonizing the social protection schemes, including a N60billion micro-credit scheme for artisans and market women.

Mrs. Uwais is a highly respected lawyer who graduated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, where she bagged her LL.B in 1880 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981 after attending the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.

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In 1995, she got her masters certificate from the same university and worked at the Kano State Ministry of Justice between 1980 and 1987.

Between 1988 and 1989, she was at the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, before she moved on to the Central Bank of Nigeria where she stayed till 1998.

Maryam obtained a certificate in Advanced Practice and Procedure in 1985 and another in Legal Drafting in 1989 from the Nigeria Institute for Advanced Legal Studies.

The special adviser is a legal practitioner and human rights activist with over 20 years related law practice experience which includes the Kano State Ministry of Justice and Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

She was appointed a member of the National Job Creation Committee and served on the Acting President of Nigeria’s Presidential Advisory Council.

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Mrs. Uwais is the founder of Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative which started in December 2009. The foundation focuses on the conditions of women and children in education, healthcare and empowerment.

She has been a Non-Executive Director of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC and Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc since November 2011 and until her appointment, she was a Principal Partner/Director of Wali Uwais & Co., a law firm based in Abuja.

Mrs. Maryam has also worked as a consultant to the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the British Department for International Development (DfID).