Gradual killing of the system

SINCE the civilians took over government in 1999, we have
had eight Inspector Generals of Police till date. They are
Musiliu Smith (1999-2002), Mustapha Adebayo Balogun
(March 2002- January 2005), Sunday Ehindero (2005-2007),
Mike Mbama Okiro (2007-2009), Ogbonna Okechukwu
Onovo (2009-2010), Hafiz Ringim (January 2010- 2012),
Muhammed D. Abubakar(2012-2014) and Mr. Suleiman Abba
2014- till date. A keen observer will note that in some cases,
some Inspector Generals of Police even introduced new
uniforms during their tenure.
From 1999 till now, we have had seven Chiefs of Air Staff.
They are Air Marshall Isaac Alfa (1999-2001), Air Marshall
Jonah Wuyep(2001-2006), Air Marshall Paul Dike
(2006-2008), Air Marshall Michael Oluseyi Petinrin
(2008-2010), Air Marshall Mohammed Diko Umar
(2010-2012), Air Marshall Alex Sabundu Badeh(2012-2014)
and Air Marshall Adesola Nunayon Amosu from January
2014 till date.
From 1999, we have had nine Heads of Service of the
Federation. The post is a creation by the Constitution. They
are Mr. Abu Obe(1999-2000), Mahmmud Yayale Ahmed
(2000-2007), Ms Obele Okeke (2007-2008), Ms Amma Pepple
(June 16 – June 15 2009), Mr Steve Oronsanye(June 16 2009
– November 15 2010), Prof. Oladapo Afolabi (November 16
2010 – September 2011), Alhaji Isa Bello Sali (September 30
2011 to March 2013), AlhajiBukar Goni Aji (March 25, 2013
to August 2014) and Mallam Danladikifasi (August 19 2014
till date).
All things being equal,Alhajikifasi will retire in December
next year when he clocks 60. He has served as a member of
the governing board of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
According to the pioneer Director-General of the Bureau of
Public Service Reforms established in February
2004,Dr.GokeAdegoroye who retired as permanent secretary
of FCT two years ago, there are over 150,000 Federal Civil
Servants (Mainstream) as at now.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was
established on April 1, 1977 as a merger of the Nigerian
National oil Corporation and the Federal Ministry of Mines
and Steel.
It also supervises the upstream and downstream oil
development and it is charged with regulating and
supervising the oil industry in Nigeria. It has nine
directorates. They are Exploration and Production, Refining
and Petrochemicals, Commercial and Investment, Finance
and Accounts, Corporate Services, Gas and Power,
Engineering and Technology, Business Development.
The Corporation also has various subsidiaries. They include
Nigeria LNG Limited, NLNG; Nigerian Petroleum
Development Company, NPDC; National Engineering and
Technical Company, NETCO;Pipelines and Product Marketing
Company; Nigerian Gas Company, NGC; Integrated Data
Services Ltd. ,IDSL; Warri Refining and Petrochemicals
Company Ltd., WRPC; Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals
Company Ltd., KRPC;Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC;
NNPC Retail Ltd.; Nigeria-Gazprom Ltd., NiGaz; NIKORMA
Transport Ltd., NIKORMA; NIDAS Marine Ltd.; Hydrocarbon
Services Company Ltd, HYSON; NNPC Pension Fund Ltd.;
Duke Oil Services Ltd. (UK); Calson Bermuda Ltd.; NNPC
Properties Ltd and Brass LNG Limited.
From 1999 to date, we have had eight Group Managing
Directors for the Corporation. From March 17, 2010 when he
became acting President till he was finally sworn in as
President, on May 6 2010 following the death of his
predecessor, five Managing Directors of the NNPC have
served under the current President. Likewise the present
Minister of Petroleum Resources has appointed four Group
Managing Directors for NNPC since she came to the Ministry
on April 16, 2010.
They are Dr. Jackson Gaius Obaseki(May 1999- November
2003), Funso Kupolokun(November 2003- July 2007),
Abubakar Yaradua(August 2007- January 2009),
Dr.MuhammedSanusiBarkindo (January 2009- May 2010),
Ladan Shehu ( April 2010 to May 2010), Austen Olusegun
Oniwon (May 2010- June 2012), Andrew Leah Yakubu( June
2012- August 2014) and now Dr. Joseph ThlamaDawha (from
August 2014 to date).Dr.Dawha joined the NNPC in 1988. All
things been equal, he has less than five months to serve.
The NNPC has a Board of Directors of which the Minister of
Petroleum is the head.
The board was constituted on July 17, 2012. It was again
reconstituted with the same membership last week. From
2012 till now, the board has met only once. Other members
of the board are Abdullahi Bukar, Steve Oronsaye, Professor
Olusegun Okunnu, Daniel Wadzani, Bernard Otti and Peter
From 1999 till date, we have had seven Chiefs of Naval Staff.
They are Vice Admiral Victor KareOmbu (1999-2001), Vice
Admiral Samuel Olajide Afolayan (2001-2005), Vice Admiral
Ganiyu T.A. Adekeye (2005-2008), Vice Admiral Ishaya lko
Ibrahim (2008-2010), Vice Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim
(2010-2012), Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba (2012-2014)
and Vice Admiral Usman Oyibe Jibrin (January 2014-till
From 1999 till date we have had eight Chiefs of Army Staff.
They are Lt. Gen. Victor Malu (May 1999- April 2001), Lt. Gen.
Alexander Ogomudia (April 2001- June 2003), Lt. Gen. Martin
Luther Agwai (June 2003- June 2006), Lt. Gen. Owoye Andrew
Azazi (June 2006-May 2007), Lt. Gen. Luka Nyeh Yusuf, (June
2007- August 2008), Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau
(August 2008- September 2010), Lt. General Onyeabo
Azubuike Ihejirika (September 2010-2014) and now Lt. Gen.
Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah (January2014 till date).
The post of Chief of Defence of Staff is the highest military
officer in the Nigerian Armed Forces. The position was
established for the first time under the 1979 Nigerian
Constitution with General Julius Alani Ipoola Akinrinade (75)
as the first Chief of Defence Staff. Gen. Akinrinade a war
hero,is fromYakoyo near Ile-Ife in Osun State.
From 1999 till date we have had seven Chiefs of Defence
Staff. They are Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi (1999-2003), General
Alexander Ogomudia (2003-2006), General Martin Luther
Agwai (January 2006-May 2007), General Andrew Owoeye
Azazi (May 2007-August 2008), Air Marshall Paul Dike
(August 2008-September 2010), Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin
September 2010-October 2012,Admiral Ola Ibrahim October
(2012- January 16 2014) and now Air Marshall Alex Sabundu
Badeh (January 16, 2014 to date).
From 1999 to date, we have had six Chief Justices of the
Federation. They are MuhammedLawalUwais (1999-2006),
Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore (2006-2007), IdrisLegboKutigi
(2007-2009), Aloysius IyorgyerKatsina-Alu (2009-2011),
DahiruMusdapher (2011-2012), Aloma Mariam Muktar (2012
to date).
All these appointments clearly define who really we are. By
limiting the tenure of a service chief or a chief executive to
less than two years, we are promoting job insecurity. We are
at the same time killing the service.
And of what use is adead service to the growth of a nation.
These career appointments made in the last fifteen years
alone, have ceiling on the number of years one has to spend
in the service before you retire or you are kicked out. In
case of judiciary,seniority takes precedence.
All the appointments were made by the President.
In some cases, he made the appointments, in consultations
with the National Assembly or the National Council of States.
He does not need consultation before appointing anyone as
Group Managing Director of NNPC neither does he need to
consult anyone before appointing anyone as Head of Service
once, he is a Permanent Secretary.
But there is nothing in the law or in the procedure of
appointments, which says anyone less than two years left to
serve, must be appointed head or anyone who is the most
And there is no law that says the Presidents can not appoint
someone that has at least four to six years to serve before
retirement, so that he or she could carry out the necessary
reforms before he or she retires. Changing service chiefs
constantly, like we change police uniforms, is amazing.
Why must a new President distrust serving Service chiefs to
the extent that he has to appoint his own, bearing in mind
that since 1999 till date only one political party has been in
power in the centre.
We all know that in the Military tradition once you appoint a
junior officer as service chiefs all his seniors automatically
retire. Let us imagine how many trained and experienced
officers that have suddenly left the service in the last fifteen
years- their careers suddenly cut short and their families in
total penury, in a country of their own which they once
served proudly.
Human nature being human, someone who has less than a
year to spend in the office, however competent or patriotic
he or she could be, will be more concerned or worried
about his retirement plans than bringing any tangible inputs
into the service, moreso when pensioners in Nigeria are
treated like endangered species- neglected and humiliated.
A service is not a laboratory where you perform annual
experiments with new reforms and with different headships.
The problem is that we don’t allow the system to grow. And a
system does not grow over night. It has to be systematic and
gradual. If we don’t allow the system to grow, then we must
expect all kinds of corruption, misconduct, irregularities
within the system, hence the numerous gigantic and difficult
problems that have now plagued us.
I have limited myself to the civilian government and the
appointments made from 1999 to date because a civilian
government is supposed to get things right.
By limiting the tenure of a service chief or a Chief executive
to less than two years, we are promoting job insecurity. We
are at the same time killing the service.
And of what use is adead service to the growth of a nation.
Mr. Eric Teniolaa former director in the Presidency, wrote
from Lagos.


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