Mrs. Monilola Udoh has assumed duty as the permanent secretary, the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Udoh, a native of Ibadan South West local government area of Oyo State, Nigeria, is a seasoned ICT professional.
She is an alumnus of the University of Ife, Ile Ife; University of Lagos and Lagos Business School. Also, she has several other certificates from the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization (CTO) UK, Global System Mobile Communication Association (GSMA), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Oxford University UK on Internet leadership. She is an accomplished ICT technocrat and has had a distinguished civil service career spanning over 33 years – during which she has been at the epicentre of policy formulation and project implementation in some key sectors.
Udoh became a federal permanent secretary in August 2020 and has served in the Federal Civil Service Commission where she digitised and conducted directorate cadre examination and promotion exercises leveraging digital technologies.
She is a team player and fosters creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the workplace. She sits on the boards of several corporations and offers advisory and management ideas to agencies under the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation. Her policy expositions have combined to make her one of the most sought-after permanent secretaries in the service.
Udoh is a recipient of several commendations and awards of merit. Her project portfolio includes, among others, serving as a member of the invigilation committee for the selection of Federal permanent secretaries in 2022.
Before her present appointment as a Federal Permanent Secretary, she had served in various capacities: Member, project team, National DataBank 1991-1996; System analyst, National Planning Commission, 1997-2001; Head of IT, Supreme Court of Nigeria, 2002-2005; Head of IT, Federal Ministry of Finance, 2005-2009; IT Assistant to the Head of Service, 2009-2012; Director, ICT, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, 2013-2019; Director, ICT Office, Head of Civil Service of the Federation etc. She is a pioneer member driving the implementation of the eGovernment and ICT initiatives service-wide.
Udoh is a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society, a member of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, Nigerian Women in IT, Alliance for Affordable Internet and others.