Profile of Mrs. Rabi Shuaibu Jimeta, mni, Permanent Secretary
Mrs. Rabi Shuaibu Jimeta, mni was born in Gombe, Gombe State on 12th April 1957 to the family of Abdulrahaman Jijji Gadam of blessed memory. Mrs. Jimeta, in her formative years attended Central Primary School, Gombe (1963 – 1969), where she obtained the First School Leaving Certificate.
Between 1970 and 1974, she attended Government Secondary School, Bauchi, where she bagged her West African School Certificate. She subsequently proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1975 and 1978, where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Zoology. She also has a Masters Degree in Biological Sciences from Bayero University, Kano in 1982. She taught Integrated Science and Biology at the Government Secondary School, as a Corper from 1978 to 1979.
Mrs. Jimeta was not satisfied with all the academic laurels she had acquired, even though it was a period when few women were chasing the Golden Fleece as it was then called. She thereafter acquired a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Administrative College of Nigeria (ASCON). She is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and also holds the membership of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic studies, Kuru.
As a young graduate, Mrs. Jimeta started her working career as a Tutor Grade II in 1979, at the then Government College Kano. She rose through the ranks as a teacher until she became a School Principal. During her teaching career, she encouraged her students to study science subjects and also assisted in creating awareness on the importance of girl child education.
She worked very briefly in her home State, the then Bauchi State, under the Bureau of Information and Culture from 1992 to 1993. In 1993, she transferred her services and wealth of experience to the Federal Civil Service as an Assistant Director in the defunct Ministry of States and Local Government Affairs. She served in various Departments within the Ministry including Personnel, Finance and Local Government Affairs. She represented Nigeria in many international meetings, conferences of world bodies such as the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) and Africities along with Local Government functionaries. This has greatly enhanced and developed the capacity of our Local Government Chairmen on global best practices in local government administration. She also served as the Secretary to the National Committee on the Review of Schemes of Service for Local Government Employees. She later worked in various capacities in the Federal Ministries of Communication, Industry and Youth Development.
She was later promoted to the post of Director (Administration) and sent to the National Institute Kuru, Jos to sharpen her skills in administration and leadership. While serving in the Ministry of Youth Development before her appointment as a Permanent Secretary, she carried all assignments given to her with diligence and passion. She represented the Ministry of Youth Development on several Committees and Boards both at local and international levels and facilitated the development of the Revised National Youth Policy (2010), which still serves as a guide to Youth Development in Nigeria. She also served as the coordinator of the Regional Senior Government Officials Meeting on Youth Affairs hosted in Nigeria in March 2010, preparatory to the Global Youth Minister’s Meeting.
In January 2011, she was elevated to the enviable rank of a Federal Permanent Secretary by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and was posted to the Special Duties Offices, under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. While there, she developed a Data Base of all awardees of the National Honors Award from inception to 2011.
As a Federal Permanent Secretary, she also served in the Ministries of Science and Technology, Environment, Youth Development and now the Ministry of Water Resources. While in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, she facilitated the development and launching of the Revised National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (2012).
Having served meritoriously during her first tenure as a Permanent Secretary, the President approved the renewal of her tenure for the second time with effect from 31st December 2014.
Mrs. Jimeta is married and blessed with children. She is a versatile reader and committed to her responsibilities.