Super Permanent Secretaries in Nigeria

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From January 15,1966 to June 3, 1967, Nigeria had no ministers (or Federal Commissioners as it was called from the regime of General Yakubu Gowon to General Murtala Muhammed). Both Major General Johnson Thomas Ummunakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi and General Yakubu Gowon made Permanent Secretaries, members of their Federal Executive Council. These people were later known as ‘super Permanent Secretaries’.

 

I’ ll start by mentioning the list of Super Permanent Secretaries from the regime of Aguiyi-Ironsi and followed by Gowon.

 

 

 

 

 

Now, let’s take a look…

 

 

 

Major General J. T. U. Aguiyi-Ironsi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout his regime he did not appoint Ministers or Federal Commissioners. He made use of Permanent Secretaries that served as his cabinet and Federal Executive Council. They are:

 

 

1.

Mr. G. E. Ige

Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

2.

C. O. Lawson

Communications

 

3.

Alhaji Musa Daggash

Defence

 

4.

Allison Akene Ayida

Economic Development

 

5.

S . S. Waniko

Education

 

6.

T. Eneli

Establishments

 

7.

Edwin O. Ogbu

External Affairs

 

8.

Chief Francis Nwokedi

Special Duties

 

9.

Chief Gabriel Onyiuke

Attorney General of the Federation

 

10.

Prince Adeleke Adedoyin

Labour and Productivity

 

11.

Lt. Col. Patrick Anwunah

Chairman, National Orientation Committee.

 

12.

Pius Okigbo

Economic Adviser

 

13.

Mr. M. A. Ejueyitchie

Mines and Power

 

14.

Alhaji A. Mora

Internal Affairs

 

15.

Grey Eromosele Longe

Information

 

16.

A. I. Obiyan

Chairman, Nigeria Ports Authority

 

17.

A. E. Howson-Wright

Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation

 

18.

S. O. Williams

Works and Housing

 

19.

H . O. Omenai

Transport

 

20.

Alhaji Sule Kolo

Trade

 

21.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abdul’aziz Atta

Finance

 

22.

Philip Asiodu

Industries

 

23.

Alhaji Sule Katagum

Chairman, Federal Public Service Commission – Civil Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yakubu Gowon

 

 

Lt. Col. (Later General) Yakubu Gowon, from August 1, 1966 to June 3, 1967, Gowon relied majorly on the judges and permanent secretaries. Interestingly, they were the ones that paved the way for his coming to power through the meeting held at on July 29, 1966 at the Ikeja Cantonment. During the Gowon regime Permanent Secretaries were given the chance to take part in the Supreme Military Council meeting as observers and not as members.

 

1.

Ademola Adetokunbo

Chief Justice of the Federation

 

2.

Alhaji Sule Katagum

Head of Civil Service Commission

 

3.

Ibrahim Damchida

Finance

 

4.

Mr. Philip Asiodu

Petroleum and Energy

 

5.

Alhaji Ahmed Joda

 

6.

Mr T. Eneli

 

7.

S. O. Wey

Later appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation

 

8.

Biliaminu Oladiran Kassim

Solicitor General

 

9.

Mr. S. O. Williams

 

10.

Prince Festus Adesanoye

 

11.

Alhaji Musa Daggash

 

12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abdul’aziz Atta

 

13.

Ime Ebong

Later Permanent Secretaries, Ministry of National Planning.

 

14.

Mr. B. N.Okagbue

 

15.

Allison Akene Ayida

 

16.

Justice Buba Ardo

Later Supreme Court Judge

 

 

 

We diligently research and continuesly update our information. If you find any error(s), please let us know.

 

 

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