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Release Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:29 PM
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Nigerian Petroleum Minister to Speak at Howard University
Diezani K. Alison-Madueke
Diezani K. Alison-Madueke

 WASHINGTON (April 24, 2012) – The Honorable Diezani K. Alison-Madueke, minister of Petroleum Resources for The Federal Republic of Nigeria, will present a University-wide lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in Rankin Chapel. 

Minister Alison-Madueke (B. Arch. ’92), will share her perspectives on the petroleum industry, a critical sector of the global economy.  The lecture is titled, "The Strategic Importance of Nigeria's Oil and Gas to Global Security and the World Economy." 
Alison-Madueke will also engage in a one-on-one interview hosted by WHUT Television with an audience of students, faculty and staff from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences in the Mackey Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27 as the College celebrates its centennial. The minister received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Howard in 1992.

She began her working career at Charles Szoradi Architects, moving on to American Interior Builders Inc. as Project Engineer, both in Washington D.C. She later joined Furman Construction Management Inc. Rockville, Maryland, as Design Coordinator, returning to Howard University as an in-house Project Manager and a member of the Planning and Development team responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive master building and renovation plan for the University.

Upon her return to Nigeria, she worked for the Estate Development Division of Shell Oil Company as director of their real estate holdings and later led the Corporate Issues and Management Department. 

Alison-Madueke joined the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, becoming the first woman to be appointed as head of each of the ministries she directed:  Transportation (2007), Mines and Steel Development (2008), and now Petroleum Resources where she holds primary responsibility for the stewardship of Nigeria’s oil and gas resources.


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