President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday appointed Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji as the new Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said Goni, who until his new appointment was the Permanent
Secretary, Common Services Office, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, will take over from Alhaji Isa Bello Sali who is due for retirement after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 tomorrow. Goni, a Yobe indigene, was born on January 13, 1959 at Bursari village in the state. He attended Government College, Maiduguri, Borno College of Basic Studies, Maiduguri and graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 1984.
A career civil servant, 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 second military administrator of the state (1993-1995).
He 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 2000 as Director, Personnel Management.
He also 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 Organizations. He was appointed permanent secretary in 2009 and posted to the Ministry of Defence. He later served as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs (August, 2009 – August, 2010) and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works (September, 2011 – November, 2012).