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Dr. Paninga: The profile and achievements of Adamawa Woman of substance

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Dr. Paninga: The profile and achievements of Adamawa Woman of substance

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….adding value to Fintiri’s led govt

Going by the popular adage that says,” what a Man can do, a Woman can also do even better” it is what described Dr. Mary Paninga, whose possession of sound knowledge made her a woman of great substance and nobility.

Paninga has through a humble background made herself a unit of great achievements as one of the few Northern women that made prolific name in the accounting profession.

With a good WASC result in 1980 from the Federal Government Girls’ College. Owerri she gained admission to University of Maiduguri and graduated with honours in BSc Accountancy. It was a watershed journey to her stardom in the accounting profession. Her passion in the financial discipline career took her to Nigeria College of Accountancy Jos (ANAN) where she was honoured with the chartered certificate of accounting in 2002.

The Gombi born Women leader grew up her career and added many feather when she went to the Federal University of Technology, Yola (2006-2007) and bagged a Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Finance and in 2007 to 2008 went to American University of London and bagged another Masters Degree in Credit Management.

The prowess accountant in 2009 bagged a Ph.D in Credit management from International University, Panama with her current qualification she manages Adamawa State Planning Commission as the executive Chairman.

The commission is experiencing transformation changes under her leadership because of her vast working knowledge and experience as an Accountant with the default Gongola and Taraba State Governments.

She was a Project Accountant- Women -In Development (UNDP) and served as a
Deputy Director Finance, Taraba State Govt. 2004-2006.Director Finance (substantive), 2007 and later on worked with the Taraba State World Bank Assisted projects Head of Financial Management, 2003-2008.

She also had the working experience of HIV/AIDS Project specialist, U.B.E. Project, HSDP Project and FADAM II Project. General Manager, Taraba State Community & social Dev. Proj. (CSDP)(World Bank Assisted Project), Dec.2008-June, 2009.Initiator and Coordinator, Women Economic Emancipation Initiative (WEEI). 2009-date. (NGO).

Paninga was a Member Board of Management, Ahamdu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH). 2013-July,2015).Member, Adamawa State Transition Committee(Finance and Intervention sub-committees). Member, Adamawa State University, Mubi, Visitation Panel, 2019. And Member, National Technical Working Group on Women and the Girl Child, 2020.

Paninga is an exceptional Adamawa Woman personality that has International recognition and traveled to many countries around the world for courses in her professional calling.

She went to World Bank Country office, Nigeria Finance. Management Unit, training on Finance Management and Disbursement (Jos, Hill station Hotel,) Jan. 2003. Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Procurement and Consultancy, May 2004(World Bank Assisted) and attended a course in Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) on Finance Management and Disbursement, Nov. 2004(World Bank Assisted).

Paninga was also in Crown Agents, UK (London) for a training on Finance Management and Disbursement (World Bank Assisted), World Wide Solutions, Procurement and Finance Management (Washington DC, USA), April, 2006(World Bank Assisted).UNDP- Project Formulation, Feasibility studies and Appraisal, UNDP- Project Monitoring & Evaluation, UNDP- Project Finance Management and World Bank Institute, (Washington DC,USA) Social Safety Net (SSN) Training(World Bank Assisted).

She is a member of many professional body. With a growing profile and a part to Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s led government Adamawa State shall no doubt experience an economy turn around.

This Woman has over the years proven a pivotal of personality of positive change anytime, anywhere and wherever duty calls on financial assignment.

Governor be rest assured you are covered, Paninga is one of your worthy and capable team player. Your choice of her to manage the State planning commission is an excellent idea that will braiding well your government.

Tom Garba (B.Tech, MA. FIMC, FBDFM, SPSP). Is a Journalist, a political analyst, and an opinion writer. He writes from Yola-Adamawa State. He can be reached through these means:
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