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Buhari swears in six new perm. secs, presides over FEC

If they say Nigerians are drug-dealers, what can you say in response now? What? Is Mr Tinubu, Nigeria’s president, a suspected drug-trafficker? What is your defense to that? When countries like Colombia, Guatemala, even Brazil, are mentioned, what immediately comes to mind? Not the beautiful women, carnivals, or coffee, for sure. The drug trade is what you instinctively remember.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja swore in six new permanent secretaries, before presiding over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Council Chamber of State House.

The new Permanent Secretaries included Mahmud Kambari, Nko Esuabana, Adamu Lamuwa, Yakubu Kofarmata, Olufemi Oloruntola and Richard Pheelangwah as permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

The President has so far sworn in a total of 92 Permanent Secretaries, since the inception of the administration on May 29, 2015.

A brief citation read by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, shows that Kambari was born on September 22, 1967 in Kambari, Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State and attended Tudun Wada Primary School, Potiskum, Yobe State, before proceeding to Government Day Secondary School, Potiskum, where he obtained his General Certificate of Education in 1985.

Kambari who holds a BSC in Accountancy from the University of Maiduguri, and an MBA in Finance from the same university, joined Borno Radio Television Corporation in 1992 as an Accountant and rose through the ranks in the Borno Civil Service to become Chief Accountant at Borno State Pensions Board, from 2003 to 2006.

During his service, he won the award of “The Best Accountant in the State for The Year 2002” signed by the Executive Governor.

In the year 2006, he transferred his service to the Federal Civil Service as an Assistant Chief Accountant and rose through the ranks to the position of a Director in 2018.

He is a Fellow of Certified National Accountant (FCNA), Fellow, Institute of Industrial and Corporate Administrators of Nigeria (FICA) and Fellow Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC).

Similarly, Esuabana, who was born on March 31, 1968 in Asang Eniong, Cross River State, attended Offot Jubilee Primary School and Cornelia Connelly College in the State.
She holds a BA in African Studies from the University of Port Harcourt and Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from the University of Ibadan.

Esuabana also attended Maastricht School of Management, University of Maastricht in The Netherlands; and commenced her Civil Service career with the Ministry of Mines and Steel in 1996, where she worked in different capacities across the Federal Civil Service, with staff welfare and capacity development at the core of her staff engagement.

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Lamuwa, on the other hand, was born on March 15, 1967, in Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State, attended Government Secondary School, Nafada, Gombe State.

He holds a BSC in Economics from the University of Maiduguri and a Master’s Degree in Economic Policy and Management from the United Nations Institute for African Economic Development and Planning (UN-IDEP), Dakar, Senegal.

Lamuwa started his career as a Foreign Service Officer in January 1993 and has served in various departments of the Ministry at its Headquarters including; Trade and Investment Division, Training and Staff Welfare Division, African Affairs Division, Planning, Research and Statistics Department and Second United Nations Division (SUND).

Similarly, he has served in the Consulate General of Nigeria in Hong Kong, Nigerian High Commission, Ottawa, Canada, as well as the Consulate General of Nigeria in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He also worked in various capacities in the State House, Presidential Villa, as Special Assistant to the Principal Secretary to the President in 2009 and as Deputy Director, State House Protocol.

From June 2016 to May 2021, he was Charge d’ Affaires (et) at the Nigerian Embassy in Damascus, Syria.

From there, he was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Senegal with concurrent accreditation to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from where he sat for, passed the examination and got appointed as a Permanent Secretary.
He has received various letters of commendation from two former Chiefs of Staff to the President, late Abba Kyari and Chief Mike Oghiadomhe as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, attesting to his “outstanding accomplishment as well as his enviable and unblemished record in the service of Nigeria.”

Adam Kofarmata, was born on March 15, 1966 in the Municipal Local Government Area of Kano State and attended Kofar Nasarawa Primary School in 1979 and proceeded to Rumfa College Kano where he obtained the General Certificate in Education (GCE) in 1984.

Yakubu holds a Ph.D in International Relations from the University of Abuja, Masters Degrees in Banking and Finance as well as International Affairs and Diplomacy from Bayero University Kano and Ahmadu Bello University respectively, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bayero University, Kano.

Kofarmata started work in 1990 with the defunct Allied Bank of Nigeria Plc. in Yola as Officer Trainee and later joined the then Commerce Bank of Nigeria for four years.

He voluntarily left the banking sector for the Federal Civil Service where he started his career as a Senior Administrative Officer in 1996.
In the course of the career, he has served in various capacities in different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), rising to the position of Director in 2018.

Oloruntola, who hails from Fowoseje, Imobi-Ijebu, Ogun State, was born in Ebute-Meta, Lagos on February 6, 1967 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the then Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Ibadan.

Oloruntola joined the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in December 1990 as Town Planning Officer I, from where he worked on several Multilateral Urban Infrastructural and Development Projects of the Ministry in States across all the geo-political zones of the country between 1990 and 2010. He is a registered Town Planner. In 1997 he was awarded the Ministry’s Certificate of Merit.

Oloruntola was a Deputy Director in the Procurement Department of the Federal Ministry of Environment from 2010-2015 and also served as Procurement Specialist at the Federal Project Coordinating Unit (FPCU) on the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

The Town Planner, who until his appointment was Director of Housing and Urban Development, is a recipient of the Federal Civil Service Presidential Merit Award 2019.
Pheelangwah, who was born on April 21, 1967 in Jen, Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State, attended Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in English Language.

He started his career in the Federal Civil Service in April 1996 as an Administrative Officer I in the Ministry of Solid Minerals. He has also worked in the Ministries of Health, Aviation, Education, Office of the First Lady, as well as the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. He was promoted Director in 2021.