Update: Jonathan names Bukar Goni as new Head of Service


Bukar Goni will take over from Isa Sali who has reached the retirement age.

President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Bukar Goni as the new Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

His appointment was announced in a press statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Rueben Abati.

Mr. Goni, until his new appointment, was the Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. He will take over from Isa Sali who will attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Mr. Goni hails from Yobe State and was born on January 13, 1959. He attended Government College, Maiduguri, Borno College of Basic Studies, Maiduguri and graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 1984.

A career civil servant, Mr. Goni has held several key positions at the state and federal levels including Chief Administrative Officer, Governor’s Office, Maiduguri (1989-1991), Principal Secretary to the Military Administrator of Yobe State (1991-1992), Principal Secretary to the First Civilian Governor of Yobe State (1992-1993) and Principal Secretary to the 2nd Military Administrator of Yobe State (1993-1995).

Mr. Goni was appointed Director, Planning, Research and Statistics at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in 1995 and moved to the Federal Ministry of Defence in the year 2000 as Director of Personnel Management. He headed various departments in the Ministry of Defence until his posting to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in 2008 as Director, International Organisations.

He was appointed Permanent Secretary in 2009 and posted to the Ministry of Defence. He later served as Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Police Affairs (August, 2009 – August, 2010) and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works (September, 2011 – November, 2012).

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