Permanent Secretary


Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku was born on the 3rd of February, 1964 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to the family of late Emmanuel Okwuchukwu Igweze and Lucy Unoma Igweze of Awka in Awka-South Local Government Area of Anambra State. She is a Christian (Anglican denomination) by religion.

From 1970 to 1974, she attended Ekulu Primary School, G.R.A., Enugu for her primary school education, and later attended Federal Government Girls’ College, Owerri for her secondary school education, where she obtained the West African School Certificate with Grade 1 Distinction in 1979. Thereafter, she got admission into the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from where she graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (M.B;B.S) degree. Much later, in pursuit of postgraduate studies, she obtained a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos (1997).

Immediately after graduation from the University, she underwent the compulsory one-year Housemanship for Medical Doctors at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu(1985 to 1986), and thereafter, participated in the one–year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) during which she served at the Staff Clinic of the now defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. (NITEL), Enugu as Medical Officer.

Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku, on completion of the National Youth Service Corps in 1988, had a brief stint of clinical medical practice in a private hospital in Lagos, and thereafter, joined the Federal Civil Service in March, 1989 as Medical Officer Grade II, with deployment to the Occupational Health Division of the then Factory Inspectorate Department, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment. While in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, she rose through the ranks, assuming various positions of responsibility that included: Head, Occupational Health Division (March, 2007 to February, 2014); State Controller of Labour, Lagos State (February to August, 2014); Zonal Director, South-West (August, 2014 to November, 2016), and assumed the position of Director, Occupational Safety and Health Department of the Ministry, in November, 2016 – a position she occupied till 30th September, 2020 when she was appointed a Federal Permanent Secretary. As Federal Permanent Secretary, she has served a three-month short, but very eventful tenure as Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs (October – December, 2020), before her present deployment as Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

Her tenure as Director of Occupational Safety and Health in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment was very impactful, as it heralded the development of Nigeria’s first ever Country Profile on Occupational Safety and Health. Her tenure also witnessed the development of three additional Subsidiary Legislation to the Factories Act, namely, the Lifting and Allied Work Equipment (Safety) Regulations,2018,  the Diving at Work Regulations, 2018, and the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Regulations, 2018. Also during her tenure as Director of Occupational Safety and Health, the National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health was reviewed and updated.

Over a period of 31 years of active service to the Federal Government of Nigeria in various capacities, Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku has acquired diverse local and international experience in not only the field of Occupational Safety and Health, but also within the realms of Labour Administration and gender affairs. She has attended various training courses, seminars and conferences at both national and international level.

Over the years, Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku has been decorated with several awards of excellence that include the following:

  • The Safety and Security Watch “Outstanding Safety Personality Award”.
  • The World Safety Organization (WSO)’s “Safety and Emergency Response-Ready Ambassador Award”.
  • The Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (INDT)’s “Award of Outstanding Leadership and Dedication in Promoting Inspection and Test in Nigeria”.
  • The Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers’ “Safety Icon Award”, etc.

She is a fellow and member of governing board of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON); Fellow of the Occupational Safety and Health Association of Nigeria (OSHA), and Member of various professional bodies that include the Society of Occupational and Environmental Health Physicians of Nigeria (SOEHPON), Association of Nigerian Women Safety Professionals (ANWOSAP), and a host of others.

Her hobbies include cookery, leisure reading, fashion design, etc.

Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku is married and blessed with two amazing children.