Dr. Dikwa: An Abridged profile of the “Special” Permanent Secretary
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday 20, 2019, swore in eight new federal permanent secretaries at the council chamber of the presidential villa. The president inaugurated the permanent secretaries shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. The new permanent secretaries are Olumuyiwa Abel (Osun), Mohammed Dikwa (Borno), Magdalene Ajani (Delta), Festus Daudu (Nasarawa), Maurice Mbaeri (Imo), Bakari Wadinga (Adamawa), Babatunde Lawal (Lagos) and Ernest Umakhihe (Edo).Before their appointments as permanent secretaries, they were directors in the civil service. Buhari urged them to be dedicated to duty by maintaining a non – partisan stance and help the Federal Government in the execution of its policies diligently. One of the new Permanent Secretaries, Dr. Dikwa was assigned the portfolio of Special Duties in the Federal Ministry of Finance. Below is a conscience profile of the new “Special” Permanent Secretary.
Mohammed Kyari Dikwa was born on 3rd January 1960 in the town of Dikwa which is not far from the Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state. He started his education at the Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri where he bagged a Diploma in Accounting. Dr. Dikwa broke the record of working with five different military administrators in Government House,Maiduguri,Borno state. He is married with children among which is Dr. Amina MB Shehu a medical Doctor.
Dr. Dikwa has Doctorate Degree in Accounting and Finance, Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy. He had attended the Senior Executive Course 34, 2012 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) Kuru. He was awarded Certificates in Public Financial Management Reforms, Leadership & Governance Programme, High Performance Leadership Programme and Treasury Management at the Harvard University, USA, University of Cambridge, Oxford University UK and Thames Valley University UK respectively. Dr. Dikwa is a professional accountant and member of many professional bodies. Dr. Dikwa is a Fellow Certified National Accountant, Fellow Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, among others. Dr. Dikwa has facilitated and attended many Courses, and authored series of publication to his credit. Dr. Dikwa has served as the Borno State Accountant-General between 1999 – 2004.
Dr. Dikwa was the former Chairman Technical Board Bank of Industries (BOI), Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and has served on Board of Transcorp Hilton, Defence Industry Corporation, Nitel Transmission Company of Nigeria, Distribution Company of Nigeria (DISCO), Royal Swaziland Sugar Company etc. Dr. Dikwa was the Director in-charge of Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI) later Revenue and Investment, and Director of Funds both under the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation. Dr. Dikwa acted on various occasions as the Accountant-General of the Federation including the last Acting – appointment by the President, Commander –in– Chief, Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 12th June, 2015.