Salamatu Baiwa; Profile of An Amazon
Hajia Salamatu Baiwa Umar-Eluma was born into the humble Muslim home of Alhaji and Hajia Abdullahi in Anyigba, Kogi State over fifty years ago, the lady now known as Hajia Salamatu Umar-Eluma is a study in resilience, hard work and faith in God.
She began her quest for education early in life at the Islamiya Primary & Quranic School, Anyigba from where she proceeded, on merit, to Community Secondary School, Ejule and then to the prestigious Federal Government College Ugwolawo as a part of the pioneering set of graduands. Having passed the mandatory O’Level examinations, Salamatu was admitted first to the Federal Polytechnic Idah and later, the Kaduna Polytechnic from where she was awarded a Higher National Diploma, Upper Credit, in Hotel & Catering Management. Her thirst for higher education also saw her through the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, where she was awarded an MBA in Management.
Salamatu’s professional career began as a Youth Corper at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers where she served with the Training Department and was subsequently deployed to the Front Desk having been absorbed as a full staff on completing her Service. She was later to go back to the Training Department as the Officer in charge of that Management function. On this desk, she was privileged to attend well over twenty International Courses in different countries of the world thereby acquiring invaluable exposure to global best practices both in the hospitality industry and in management.
Desiring to experience a balanced career in both the Private and Public Sectors, she joined the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, in 2001 as an Assistant General Manager in the Training Department after a keenly contested recruitment exercise conducted by Accenture (former Anderson Consulting). In recognition of her meritorious contributions to the development of that department through pro-activity, ingenuity and selfless dedication, she was recommended for special promotion after two years as an Assistant General Manager to the position of a Deputy General Manager. She was promoted General Manager Training & Manpower Development in 2006 and distinguished herself in this position which she transformed from an expenditure department into a revenue generating unit of the organisation. It therefore was no surprise that she was promoted Executive Director, Human Resources of FAAN in September 2012. She was transferred to Accident Investigative Bureau (AIB) on same nomenclature Director Human Resources before she proceeded on her leave of absent.
In recognition of her contributions to the development of various aspects of the Nigerian society, Hajia Salamatu Umar-Eluma has received a number of awards. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Certificate of Recognition by Dr. Paul Botwev Orhii for her contributions to the development of the LGEA Primary School, Ge-Mbagwa, Lessel, Benue State, 2010.
Aviation Rescue & Fire Fighting Service staff Gold Award, 2012.
Award for Excellence by Women in Logistics & Air Transport, WILAT, 2012.
Igala Female Ambassador Award by Igala Icons in Lagos, 2013.
Award for being the Longest Serving PTA Chairperson, Murtala Muhammed Airport Schools, 2013.
Icon of Human Transformation by National Association of Nigerian Students, 2013.
Award of Excellence by Murtala Muhammed Airport Schools for Outstanding Commitment & Contributions to the Development of the School.
Ambassador for Peace Merit Award by the Commonwealth Students/Youths Federation for Peace, 2014.
Board of Trustees, Who's Who in Igalaland.
Igala woman of Substance award by Who's Who In Igalaland.
Hajia Salamatu Umar-Eluma is an inspiration to several young people, especially the girl-children amongst us. Her life is an eloquent and indisputable testimony to the fact that through hard work, commitment to a life vision, a passion for excellence and the grace of God, humble beginnings can become great endings.
Hajia Salamatu Umar-Eluma during her school days, she was humane and reliable, it was confirmed that she was most respected and admired, no doubt her outstanding leadership cum administrative wisdom in her later life was obviously manifested during her youthful days activities in order to show that her leadership which we are enjoying today didn't came by accident. She exhibited her talent at the tender age imparted it on people and put smiles on the faces of thousands of people through her active, humanitarian and responsible life in respective of one background. She remain the lady of the moment, the Queen Amina of our time, the AMAZON of our generation, may God Almighty continue to guide and protect her always, indeed, we are proud of you!!!
Vying for Woman Leader of All Progressive Congress is not out of place, she has been tested and trusted at this moment that the party is on the verge of collapsing her mundane ideology is needed, indeed she is a woman of substance an Amazon of our time, go for Victory and victory shall be yours by the special grace of God.