Dominic Oneya

Dominic Oneya
Dominic Obukadata Oneya
Administrator of Kano State
In office
August 22 1996 – September 1998
Preceded by Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase
Succeeded by Aminu Isa Kontagora
Administrator of Benue State
In office
August 1998 – 29 May 1999
Preceded by Aminu Isa Kontagora
Succeeded by George Akume
Personal details
Born 26 May 1948
Agbamo, Ughelli North LGA, Delta State, Nigeria

Colonel (later Brigadier-General) Dominic Obukadata Oneya was Administrator of Kano State, Nigeria from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha, then Administrator of Benue State from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, handing over power to the elected executive governor George Akume on 29 May 1999.[1] Later, he became Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association.


Birth and education

Dominic Obukadata Oneya was born 26 May 1948 in Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State.[2] His family is Urhobo.[3] He attended the Baptist Academy, Yaba, Lagos (1962-1967), then enlisted in the Nigerian Defence Academy in May 1969, earning a commission in the Infantry Corps in September 1971. Oneya attended the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) (1977-1980), earning B.Sc degree in physical education. He attended the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna (1983-1984) and the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1987-1988).[2]

Military Career

Command positions during his military career include Adjutant of 31 Infantry Battalion (1971-1972), Instructor at 4 Division Training School (1972-1973) and Instructor at Nigerian Army Military Training College, Jaji (1975 - 1977). As a Staff Officer from 1977 he served at Army Headquarters Lagos and in operations with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (1980-1981). He was Commandant of the Nigerian Army Physical Training School, Zaria (1985-1987), Directing Staff, Command and Staff College, Jaji (1987-1989) and Directing Staff, Ghana Armed Forces College Teshe, Ghana (1989-1991). He was appointed Commander, 82 Motorized Infantry Brigade, Kano (1993-1995), Commander, 16 Battalion, Nigerian ECOMOG Contingent in Liberia and then Director of administration, Training and Doctrine Command (1995-July 1996).[2]

On 22 August 1996, General Sani Abacha appointed him Administrator of Kano State, Nigeria. In August 1998 he traded places with Aminu Isa Kontagora to become Administrator of Benue State during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, handing over to the elected executive governor George Akume on 29 May 1999.[1] Akume had served as Permanent Secretary for Brigadier General Dominic Oneya.[4] While governor of Benue State he initiated a project to build a major fertilizer plant, with the government paying about N70 million for preliminary work. However, there were delays and setbacks, and the project was only competed in February 2007.[5]

Later career

On 17 January 2000 Dominic Oneya was appointed Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association.[6] In February 2002, talking of a decision to replace Amodu Shaibu by Festus Onigbinde as manager, he said Nigeria should have gained more than a bronze medal at the African Nations Cup, given the wealth of talent among Nigerian footballers. He was looking forward to stronger performances at the upcoming World Cup, the 2004 Olympics and the 2003 All-Africa Games which would be hosted by Nigeria.[7]

In July 2008 Dominic Oneya headed a team charged by the National Sports Commission with investigating allegations of corruption in the local league, in response to comments from former Kano Pillars coach Kadiri Ikhana.[8] Speaking on Lagos radio in December 2009, Dominic Oneya appealed to Nigerians to give Super Eagles Head Coach, Shuaibu Amodu, a free rein to do his job.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-1-3. 
  2. ^ a b c "Colonel Dominic Oneya". Government of Benue State of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-1-3. 
  3. ^ G.G. Darah (August 10, 2004). "Urhobo and the Mowoe Legacy". Guardian. Retrieved 2010-1-3. 
  4. ^ ROSE EJEMBI (December 31, 2009). "Suswam can’t be Akume’s boy –Gov’s aide". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-1-3. 
  5. ^ Danusa Ocholi (4 November 2009). "Fertiliser Production Begins in Benue". Newswatch. Retrieved 2010-1-3. 
  6. ^ "Nigerian soccer chief replaced". BBC Sport Online. 18 January, 2000. Retrieved 2010-1-3. 
  7. ^ Osasu Obayiuwana (20 February, 2002). "Oneya backs Shaibu's dismissal". BBC Sport Online. Retrieved 2010-1-3. 
  8. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (2 July 2008). "Nigeria to investigate corruption". BBC Sport Online. Retrieved 2010-1-3. 
  9. ^ Johnson Ayantunji (30 December 2009). "Allow Amodu to Do His Job, Says Oneya". Daily Independent (Lagos). Retrieved 2010-1-3. 

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