Secret Of Successful Career: Sarkin Kaninkon Tells Civil Servants What To Do

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Sarkin Kaninkon (Tum Nikyob) His Royal Highness (HRH), Tanko Tete speaking during the presentation of a book; "A Life Of Service: An Autobiography Of The Sarkin Kaninkon (Tum Nikyob) By Tanko Tete" to students of Kaduna State University (KASU) on Thursday March 12, 2020.

*presents book;  “Life Of Service: An Autobiography Of The Sarkin Kaninkon” to KASU students

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

Civil Servants have been advised to adhere strictly to bureaucratic rules and regulations if they want to excel in service and reach the peak of their careers.


Sarkin Kaninkon (Tum Nikyob) His Royal Highness (HRH), Tanko Tete gave the advice during the presentation of a book; “A Life Of Service: An Autobiography Of The Sarkin Kaninkon (Tum Nikyob) By Tanko Tete” to students of Kaduna State University (KASU) on Thursday.

At the presentation organised by the Kaduna State University Seminar Committee, the author said indiscipline ruins career of civil servants.

HRH Tete who rose to the rank if Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Sports and Culture, said that some challenges that confront government and limits it’s performances are lack of resources and lack of capacity and technical proficiency of personnel.

Born in the early 1940s in Kaninkon Village, he started primary education in 1955.

Recalling his early days, he said that, “While awaiting the entrance exams in 1967, I volunteered to teach as a Grade 11 teacher in S IM Ungwar Fari S.I.M. Primary School

“I gained admission into the Advanced Teachers College in 1967.

“After Completing course at the Advance Teachers College, Zaria, I and Dauda Kaburuk got employed at St Louis Teachers Dnege Zonkwa, in 1970 taught History and English. We were also givcn comfortable accommodation.Read Govermment in ADU. 

“Graduated with a Second Class Upper Division and was posted to Lagos for NYSC in 1974 & Served at Badagry Grammar School.

“I Joined the Civil Service in 1975 as the Assistant Secretary of the then Kaduna Capital Development Board (KCDB).

“In 1976 I was posted to Government House now Kashim Ibrahim House where the Governor works and lives.

“In 1976, I worked as the Assistant Private Secretary (P.P.S).

“In 1977 I went for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration at the University of Ile-Ife noObafemi Awolowo University, in Western Nigeria, then OsunState.

“1979 I was transferred to the Department of Establishment and Training.

“After six months transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal and Forestry.

“A month later, posted to the Secretary to the Military Governor’s (SMG) office popularly known as Governor’s Office around July 1979.
“In June 1980, I went to Cambridge University in United Kingdom to study and Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies (Economic Development).

“In September 1986, I became the Local Government Chairman of Kachia Local Government Council.

“In October 1987, I was posted back to Kaduna to become the General Manager of Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KASUPDA).My stay in KASUPDA ended towards the end of 1990 and was posted to Governor’s Office that is, Office of the Secretary to the Government.

“In March 1992, I was transferred to the Ministry of Education as the Director of Personnel.

“Towards the end of 1994, another transfer took me to the Ministry of Agriculture.

“In 1995, I was transferred back to the Ministry of Education.In 1996, I was transferred to the State Civil Service Commission.

“In 1998 to 1999 I beeame Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Sports and Culture. That same year, I led the Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

“With the creation of Chiefdoms by the Kaduna State Government I was appointed and turbaned the Tum Nikyob of Kaninkon On 20th January 2001,” he said.

Notable among the dignitaries that were spotted at the book presentation were former Military Administrator of old Rivers State, Zamani Lekwot, former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Ambassador Audu Bajoga and KASU VC represented by DVC.

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