Although previous Heads of Service felt this embarrassment acutely, it was Bukar Goni Aji that decided to do something about it. He noticed that there was a provision in the 2004 Pension Reform Act (and all its subsequent amendments) to set up a Pension Transition Arrangement Department to manage the pensions of those that were under the old non-contributory pension scheme. Using the provisions of the law, in partnership with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/ Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, he set up a committee to fast-track the take off of PTAD. The recommendations of this committee led to the establishment of PTAD to report to the Office of the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance.
• Civil Service Pension Office;
• Police Pension Office;
• Custom, Immigration and Prisons Pensions Office (CIPPO); and
Board of Trustees of Federal Government Parastatals. These pension offices were also directed to prepare detailed hand-over notes of activities, assets and liabilities to the Director-General.
Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji commissioned five housing estates built for public servants in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The building of the five estates was financed by the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, an agency of the OHCSF. Alhaji Aji was gracious in naming the housing estates after his predecessors at their commissioning. The estates are named after Ambassador Abu Obe, Stephen Oronsaye, Isa Bello Sali and Prof. Oladapo Afolabi. Other estates had previously been named after Ms Ama Pepple and Ms Ebele Okeke.
Under heavy pressure from his civil servants, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji reluctantly agreed that the fifth housing estates could be named after him, only once his tenure as Head of Service expired. The completion of the staff housing project was made possible through the setting up of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company that was launched on 16 January 2014.
At that event, the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory requested the HCSF, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, to ensure that the government secured the large expanse of land along Kubwa Road which was provided by the Federal Capital Territory in 2011 for the provision of mass housing for workers in the FCT.
Alhaji Goni Aji thanked President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for the giant strides in the promotion of welfare services to public servants. As part of the continuous efforts to solve the housing problems of civil servants, nearly 20,000 Federal civil servants have benefited from the staff housing loan scheme of the Federal Government. The next step is to take necessary action to secure the land along Kubwa Road to provide more residential houses for civil servants in the FCT.
- Provision of staff buses
- Staff training and development
- Review of the group life assurance policy
- Supporting People with disability
Extracts in PART 6 - Making the Civil Service More Efficient and Supporting wider public service reforms. Concluding extracts in Part 7 will be 'Who, really is Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji?