Jonathan Appoints Aji As New HoS

Jonathan Appoints Aji As New HoS

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday announced the appointment of Alhaji Bukar Aji as the new Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

The appointment was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

With this development, Aji, who was until his new appointment, the Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, takes over from Alhaji Isa Sali who will attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 on Saturday.

While Sali is expected to formally hand over the affairs of the office to his successor on Friday (today), Jonathan will swear in the new HOS on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Aji, who hails from Yobe State, 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, the new HOS 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).

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 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.

Aji was appointed Permanent Secretary in 2009 and posted to the Ministry of Defence.


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