Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, OON has been appointed by the President as the new Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. Goji succeeds Alhaji Isa Bello Sali who retires on March 23. Sali’s retirement is coming less than 2 years after he was appointed to head the civil service.
Alhaji Goni Aji, 54, who hails from Yobe State was until his new appointment, the Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. His academic pursuit took him to several institutions including Government College, Maiduguri, Borno College of Basic Studies, Maiduguri and the University of Maiduguri from where he graduated in 1984.
In his civil service career, 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 between September 2011 and November 2012.