Goni Aji heads Nigeria's bureaucracy

Bukar Goni Aji

Bukar Goni Aji: heads Federal Civil Service

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

Goji succeeds Alhaji Isa Bello Sali who retires on 23 March, less than two years after he was appointed.

Alhaji Goni, was until his new appointment, the Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. He hails from Yobe State and was born on January 13, 1959.

Bukar Goni Aji: heads Federal Civil Service
Bukar Goni Aji: heads Federal Civil Service

He attended Government College, Maiduguri, Borno College of Basic Studies, Maiduguri and graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 1984.

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A career civil servant, Alhaji 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).

Alhaji 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).