He joined the Nigerian Air Force(NAF) as a Potential Pilot in June 1976 and was commissioned Pilot Officer into Air Traffic Control (ATC) Specialty in 1979. He rose steadily and progressively through to the heist professional rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM) in 2007. He voluntarily retires from service of NAF in 2013.
AVM Mu’azu (Rtd) is a fully qualified ATC (Approach Radar Control) officer holding both Civil and Military Licenses with ratings in Aerodrome, Approach Control and Approach Radar Control Positions. He was deployed to purely Ai Traffic Control duties for 12 years (1979 -1991) at Murtala Mohammed International Airport and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.
PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION
- Had his basic military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy from June – December 1979.
- His junior command and staff course was at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji – 1988, graduating with a B grade and an award.
- Attended the senior command and staff course at Ghana Armed Forces Staff College (GAFSC) Teshie, Accra 1991 – 1992, finishing well above average with a srong recommendation for appointment as Directing Staff.
- He was a member of National War College (NEC) Course 12 at the then National War College (NWC) now National Defence College (NDC), Abuja from 2003 – 2004. Graduated again, with a strong recommendation to return to the College as a Directing Staff.
HIGHEST ACADEMIC EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
- Msc Strategic Studies – University of Ibadan 2004 -2005.
NOTABLE POSTINGS AND APPOINTMENTS
He served various Command and Staff appointments within the NAF and in Tri-service establishments. Notable among these appointments are:-
- Directing Staff (Dept of Air Warfare) –AFCSC Jaji 1992 – 1995
- Military Airport Comandant, Kano – 1996 – 1998
Coordinating with other agencies and ensuring National and Aviation security at the Airport.
- Military Assistant to Chief of Defence Staff 1998 -1999
- Chief Instructor – AFCSC Jaji 2000 -2003
- Commander NAF Base Makurdi 2004 -2006
- Commander NAF Base Kaduna 2006 -2007
- Director Recuirtment HQ NAF 2007
- Director Production (Defence Headquarters) 2007 -2008
- Air Officer Inspection (in charge of Standards Evaluation and Safety) – HQ NAF 2008 – 2010.
- Commandant AFCSC, Jaji 2010 – 2012
ADHOC NATIONAL ASSIGNMENT
- Member, Special Military Tribunal, Jos. 1997
HONOURS AND AWARDS
- Officer of Order of the Niger, OON
- Distinguished Service Star (DSS)
- Passed Staf Couse Dagger (psc(+)).
- Fellow of the War College (fwc)
Married with children and grand children
- Poultry Farming and Long-range Driving
He worked in New Nigerian Newspapers Company Ltd. between 1976 and 1989 where he rose from a cub reporter to managing director. He was co-founder and chief executive of the rested Citizen newsmagazine between 1990 and 1994. He served in the military administration of General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar as his chief press secretary between October 1998 and May 1999. He taught in the Mass Communications Department of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as a Senior Lecturer between 2008 and 2014.
Haruna was a political columnist between 1978 and 2016 in several publications including New Nigerian, Today, Trust, Nation, Gamji.com and Newsdiaryonline.
In recent years he has delivered papers on Politics, Journalism and Mass Communication as a resource person at seminars, lectures and workshops organised by universities and institutions like the Nigerian Press Council, the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Haruna is a Fellow of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Guild of Editors and African Center for Democratic Governance.
After her call to the Bar in 1985, she attended the College of Law, London and qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. May has an LLM with specialisation in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, London and completed two postgraduate degree programs in International Dispute Resolution and International Business Law respectively. May is also an expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the United Kingdom Nigeria branch where she has served as Secretary to the Institute.
Between March 2010 and November 2011 May served on the Presidential Projects Assessment Committee (PPAC) as the sole solicitor, evaluating an extensive nationwide portfolio of major unfinished public projects in Nigeria and in March 2016, May was further appointed a member of the Ministerial Committee set up to prepare ‘The Road Map for the Solid Minerals Sector’.
Before her appointment as a National Commissioner for INEC, May was the managing partner of her law firm in Lagos, Norfolk Partners and also the editor of THISDAY LAWYER, a weekly legal pullout in one of the nation’s most widely read newspapers. From January 2014 to September 2016, May published 120 legal editorials under her column LEGAL EAGLE. Her consistent exposure to public affairs/related projects put her in a unique position to build a reputable body of commentary and expert opinion in many specialised areas. Her work remains a source of public advocacy on many national and international issues.
Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo from 1964 to 1969. He was briefly at Government College Ibadan between January and April 1970; from where he gained admission into the University of Ibadan through a concessional examination and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science with 2nd Class Upper in 1974.
Had his National Youth Service Corps program (NYSC) at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Veterinary Service) Yola, where he served as Animal Husbandry Officer from August 1974 to June 1975. In August 1975 he joined Oyo State Central Schools Board, Ibadan and served as Agricultural Science Teacher till October 1976. He was employed as Agricultural Officer II by the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Oyo from October 1976 to November 1977.
In November 1977, he returned to the University of Ibadan for his Doctoral Degree in Animal Science with specialization in Environmental Physiology; which he bagged in December 1981.
He was employed by then Oyo State College of Education (now Emmanuel Alayande College of Education) as Lecturer II in 1982. He rose through the ranks to become a Chief Lecturer in 1993. Between January and June 2000, he was the Deputy Provost/Acting Provost of the Institution. He was thereafter appointed the Substantive Provost of the Institution in June 2000; the position he occupied till June 2008.
In the course of his Lecturing Career, Dr. Ogunmola returned to the Premier University to obtain a Master of Education Degree in Educational Management in 1991. He also obtained a Diploma in Accounting/Management Information System from the Federal School of Surveying, Oyo in 1999.
Dr. Ogunmola took up Federal appointment as INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) from July 2010 to July 2015. He was appointed as INEC National Electoral Commissioner in December 2016; the position he occupies till date.
As a Lecturer and Researcher; he has authored, co-authored many books and publications. He has also delivered papers at different Workshop and Seminars both within and outside the Country. He was a member of a Federal Government Delegation on a Study Tour of United Kingdom (UK) in 2004 and he led INEC Election Observation Team to Argentina in October 2011.
He enjoys membership of some professional bodies, which include Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN), National Association of Agricultural Educators in Nigerian Colleges of Education (NAAENCE), National Association of Technology Teachers (NATT) and National Society of Animal Production (NSAP).
Dr. Ogunmola is a recipient of many honours, laurels and awards, which include National Award for Brilliant Performance (Full Scholarship for Academic Distinction) in 1972, Pfizer Lifestock Feeds Prize for the Best Student in Animal Science in the B.Sc. (Agric.) Degree Final Examination in 1974.
He is a Fellow of the National Association of Technology Teachers (FNATT). The Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCCOE) awarded him Best Provost among Provosts of Colleges of Education in Nigeria in 2003. Got Recognition Award from Oyo State Government in 2004. He was conferred an Award of Excellence in Recognition of Noble Contribution to Education in Oyo State by Oyo State Ministry of Education. Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo Central Library was named after him as “Adekunle Ogunmola Library” in 2009. He is a Justice of Peace.
He has peculiar interest in Farming, Reading, Sports and Recreation. He is a member of the Rotary Club; Oyo Metropolis, Oyo Premier Club, The Oyo Pinaccle Club (TOPIC), Oyo Tenis Club and Ibadan Social Group (ISG). He is an enthusiast in Christian Evangelism. Happily married with children.
Baba Arfo went to Government Secondary School Maiduguri (now Government College) where he got the WASC ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level certificates respectively. He later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and obtained B.A. In 2000, Baba Arfo attended the Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
Before his appointment as National Commissioner in Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Baba Shettima Arfo, has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Information, Education, Health, Commerce and Establishment at various times.
He was one time Secretary to the State Government and Head of Service and served as Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs. Commissioner Arfo was also a Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture at one time and Director of Personnel Management, Ministry of Education.
During his years in serve, he served as Deputy Chief Inspector of Education, Borno State, Lecturer Borno State College of Basic Studies Maiduguri.
Baba Shettima Arfo mni is happily married with children.
Until her appointment, she was a researcher at the Federal Government owned Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) in Ibadan, where she rose from youth corps member in 1984 to the rank of Research Professor (2010) and Director of the Social and Governance Policy Research Department (SGPRD). Her main areas of interest and in which she worked, published and consulted include Public sector, Legislatures, Politics and Elections in Nigeria; Gender issues in especially (Women’s) Education and Political Participation; International Relations/Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution; as well as issues in socio-economic development and good governance.
In year 2000, she was a resource person for the Swedish – based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), on “Democracy Assessment in Nigeria”. In 2002/2003 she was a Scholar, at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi on an exchange programme during which she compared political party system in India with that in Nigeria.
Antonia Simbine was a Consultant to the Presidency’s Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) Abuja in 2008 and worked with the Sub-Committee on Electoral Systems. She was later appointed a Member, INEC Registration and Election Review Committee (RERC), (August-November, 2011). In 2013, she was appointed a Faculty Member and Reviewer for the New York based Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council.
Prof. Simbine is a member of several professional organizations promoting democratic governance and development such as both the Nigerian and International Political Science Associations. She also teaches on the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme of the University of Ibadan and is External Examiner (undergraduate and post-graduate) to the Universities of Benin and Ilorin and Al-Hikmah University in Ilorin. She speaks Yoruba and Hausa fluently.
She brings with her in-depth experience researching on political parties in Nigeria through examining them in relation to internal party democracy, How Citizens view Political Parties, Political Parties and Democratic Sustenance in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic and the Role of the Legislature in Democracy.
Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi is no stranger at all to elections and the electoral process, having started off as a Resident Electoral Commissioner in Abia State
An old boy of the famous Baptist Boys High School (BBHS), Abeokuta, Prince Soyebi, studied Chemistry at the University of Ibadan (UI). A respected Educationist, Prince Soyebi, has been instrumental to moulding and mentoring of lot of youths.
As a great team player with wide knowledge of electoral matters, he was appointed Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the expiration of the tenure of the then Chairman, Professor Maurice Maduakolam Iwu.
Before his appointment as Acting Chairman, he was the National Commissioner in charge of Electoral Operations.
Currently, the two-time National Commissioner is supervising the Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), ensuring that Nigerians get adequate Voter Education and electoral information.
Interestingly, when Prince Soyebi is not attending to electoral matters, he relaxes by watching football and playing lawn tennis. He is happily married and blessed with Children.
a double-Masters Degree in Demography/Urban & Regional Planning (1981), followed by a Ph.D. in Demography (with a focus in Health-Demography) from the University of California, Berkeley, California (1990). He is a Fellow of the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1990/1992 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow (as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow) at the Harvard University School of Public Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He had additional advance training and certificates in health systems (health reforms, health economics and healthcare financing) from the World Bank Institute; and Management Information Systems (MIS) from RIPA – UK and NIIT. He had been a USAID Fellow at the Population Reference Bureau, Washington, DC. Professionally, Dr. Lecky is a Demographer with expertise in Management Information Systems, Healthcare Systems, Healthcare Financing and Project Management.
Just before his appointment as INEC National Commissioner, Dr. Lecky worked as the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON). HERFON is a leading Civil Society Organization (CSO) that drafted and successfully coordinated the legislative advocacy for the passage of the National Health Act, in December 2014. He had also served as a Senior Policy & Strategic Adviser to Canada International Development and Research Center (IDRC). And prior to joining HERFON in 2013 Dr. Lecky was for eight years the Director of Planning, Research & Statistics at the Federal Ministry of Health; and he had also been the Executive Secretary/CEO of the National Health Insurance Scheme – NHIS (2004-2006). It was during his tenure at the NHIS that the nationwide commencement of the health insurance coverage was started for the first time in Nigeria in June 2005.
In 1991/1992, Dr. Lecky was appointed a Research Associate at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a consultant to several United Nations agencies – UN Population Division; UNICEF; and UNDP. In between 1995 – 2010, Dr. Lecky worked as International Consultant and then as a National Project Coordinator for the World Bank-funded Nigeria Health Systems Fund Project/Health Systems Development Project. The health-financing project was implemented across all the states of the federation. Dr. Lecky has had a number of successes with several internationally competitive application-based health-funded programs and projects from the Global Fund (GF); Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI); Strategic Information Management Program (SIMP), Canada; National Strategic Information (NIS) project, UNDP, etc.
Dr. Lecky has had many notable contributions to the Nigeria health sector. He lead the development and implementation of a number of major health policy initiatives, such as: the National Health Management Information System (NHMIS); the National Health Policy; the Presidential Initiative for Accelerated Achievement of Health Millennium Development Goals; the Health Sector Reform Programme, 2004-2007; and served as the Chairman of the National Reference Group on the National Strategic Health Development Plan (National Health Plan), 2010-2015.
At the global level Dr. Lecky served as the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the International 2nd High-Level-Forum (HLF) on MDGs, Abuja, 2004; co-Chair of the LOC for the Abuja HIV/AIDS Summit, 2001; and served as a consultant to WHO-HQ, Geneva, on Information Systems Strategy; and was appointed a WHO African Regional Expert in Health Information Systems. He has provided extensive country-level Technical Assistance on health information systems to: Namibia; Botswana; WHO-African Regional Office – Brazzaville; Zimbabwe; Seychelles; and Sierra Leone. In 2009 through December 2010 Dr. Lecky was Vice-Chair of the WHO/Tropical Disease Research (TDR) program Joint Coordinating Board (JCB) and an ex-officio member of other TDR governing bodies (TDR Standing Committee, and TDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee). Dr. Lecky has had extensive national-level representation at high-level international meetings: Commonwealth Health Ministers (CHM) meeting; WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva; UN General Assembly (UNGAS) special sessions and summits in New York; High-level Forum on AID Effectiveness; International Health Partners & related initiatives (IHP+) Forum; UN Secretary-General MDG+10 Summit; Global Fund Replenishment Conference; and WHO-Africa Regional Committee meetings, etc.…
Dr. Lecky holds the princely/royal title of the GALADIMA OF AUCHI KINGDOM, Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria.
After completing the National Youth Service, she worked as a Professional Pharmacist in various hospitals from 1983 – 1996. She then moved into the consultancy field to serve in various capacities as a consultant in Health and Social Services from 1997 up till her appointment as National Commissioner, INEC. She has also served as a Special Assistant to the President and was posted to FCT where she served as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Social Development and Agriculture and Rural Development from 2004 – 2007.
Her Consultancy services covered Federal MDAs (FMWH, NAFDAC, NPHCDA etc) MDGs and the Private Sector.
Amina Bala Zakari is a registered Pharmacist and Member Pharmacist’s Society of Nigeria as well as Member of Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM).
Other qualifications obtained include, Certificate in Managing Drugs Supply for Primary Health Care from MHS Amsterdam in 1997, Certificate in Project Management 1998, Certificate in Senior Management from Crown Agents London in 2005 Certificate in Executive Education in Business Management from Harvard Business School.