Halima Tayo Alao

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Halima Tayo Alao
Minister of Environment and Housing
In office
26 July 2007 – 29 Oct 2008
Preceded by Helen Esuene
Succeeded by John Odey
Personal details
Born 6 December 1956

Halima Tayo Alao is a Nigerian civil servant who appointed Minister of Environment and Housing in July 2007 by President Umaru Yar'Adua, and was released from the post on 29 Oct 2008.


Halima Tayo Alao was born on December 6, 1956. She earned an MSc in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1981. She joined the Kwara State civil service in 1982. She became a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Ilorin, Kwara State. She was given a master's degree in Public Administration, 2003 by the University of Ilorin.[1] From 2005 to July 2006 she was Federal Minister of State for Health.[2]

Minister of Environment and Housing[edit]

Halima Tayo Alao was appointed Minister of Environment and Housing on 26 July 2007 by President Umaru Yar'Adua.[3] She was dismissed in a major cabinet reshuffle on October 29, 2008.[4] The dismissal was said to have been due to her constant arguments with Chuka Odom, minister of state and representative of the Progressive Peoples Alliance.[5] Her replacement was John Odey, appointed on 17 December 2008.[6]


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