NIGERIA: Jonathan appoints Goni as new HOS

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

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

A statement by Dr. Reuben Abati, yesterday, said Alhaji Goni hailed 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.

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).

He was 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).

He was Director, Planning, Research and Statistics at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, 1995; moved to the Federal Ministry of Defence in 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 Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, 2009. He later served as Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Police Affairs (2009 – 2010) and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works (2011 – 2012).

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