INGAWA, Dr. Turkur Bello (OON)(mni)

Born September 21, 1952

Ingawa Local Government, Katsina State

Dr Tukur Bello Ingawa– a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, is a contemporary civil servant combining the best skills and abilities required to drive a modern public service. With a phenomenal mix of experience at State level where he became Secretary to the State Government after having served as Permanent Secretary/Director General and Honourable Commissioner in a number of Ministries and Departments. These include:  Political Cabinet & Security, Defunct Kaduna State;  Political & Cabinet Security, Katsina State;  Ministry of Education, Katsina State;  Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources –Katsina State;  Department of Budget & Economic Planning, Military Governor’s Office – Katsina State;  Minisitry of Finance and Economic Development. At the Federal level, his experience is even more cognate and the assignments and tasks undertaken more diverse and appealing. From Director, Finance and Administration- Local Organising Committee Nigeria ’99 to Secretary, Assets Sharing Committee between Old & New States (Ondo/Ekiti/Enugu/Abia/Ebonyi) and Commission of Inquiry on the Alienation of Federal Government Landed Property, it has been commitment, dexterity and proficiency at all times. Whilst serving as Director, Finance and Supply in Federal Ministry of Commerce, he was the institutional representative to the Board of Nexim Bank. His contributions to the development of the Bank made the Board retain his services long after he left the Ministry to serve as the Secretary to the ICPC. He also served on the Board of Nigerian Agricultural and Rural Development Bank.
Gender: Male
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State of Origin: Katsina State
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Has Six Children

Profession Historian , Administrator
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Honorable Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), November 2018 till date; Director, UBA Pensions Custodian Ltd, 2013 till date.

Previous Appointments:

– Graduate Assistant, 1978 – 1980;

– Assistant Lecturer, 1980 – 1982;

– Lecturer II, 1982 – 1985;

– Lecturer, Bayero University, Kano, 1985 – 1987;

– Permanent Secretary, Political, Cabinet & Security, Defunct Kaduna State, 1987;

– Permanent Secretary, Political, Cabinet & Security, Katsina State, 1987 – 1988;

– Director- General, Cabinet & Security, Katsina State, 1988 – 1989;

– Chairman, Bilateral Committee between Katsina State in Nigeria & the Department of Maradi in the Republic of Niger, 1988 – 1989;

– Chairman, Tripartite Committee between Katsina State in Nigeria and Department of Maradi & Department of Zinder in the Republic of Niger, 1989;

– Chairman, Namibia Solidarity Fund, Katsina State, 1989;

– Director-General, Ministry of Education, Katsina State, 1989 – 1991;

– Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Katsina State, 1991 – 1993;

– Director-General, Political, Cabinet & Security, Katsina State, 1993;

– Director, General Budget & Planning, Military Governor’s Office, Katsina State, 1993-1994;

– Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Finance & Economic Development, Katsina State, 1995-1996;

– Director, Planning, Research & Statistics, Federal Ministry of Industry (on transfer to the Federal Civil Service as Director GL 17 5th March 1997), April 1997;

– Rapporteur, Vision 2010 Committee, 1997 – 1998;

– Secretary, Assets Sharing Committee between Old & New States (Ondo/Ekiti/Enugu/Abia/Ebonyi), 1997 – 1998;

– Director, Establishment & Industrial Relations, Office of the Secretary to Government & Head of Civil Service of the Federation April 1997 – July 1998;

– Director, Administration & Finance Local Organising Committee Nigeria ’99, World FIFA/Coca-Cola Under 17 Youth Football Championships, July – Oct 1998;

– Secretary to the State Government, Katsina State, Oct 1998 – May 1999;

– Secretary, Commission of Inquiry on the Alienation of Federal Government Landed Property, 1999 -2002;

– Director, Finance & Supply, Federal Ministry of Commerce, Jan 2000 – Mar 2003;

– Director, Nigerian Agricultural and Rural Development Board (NARDB), 2002 – 2003;

– Director, Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), 2002 – 2003;

– Director, Nigerian Export and Import Bank (NEXIM) 2002 –2007;

– Secretary to the Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, 2003-2008;

– Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development, 2009-2010;

– Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works, 2010-2011;

– Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Police Affairs (retired on attaining the statutory age of 60 years), 2011-2012.


– Member, African Studies Association, 1979-84.

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Government Secondary School, Funtua, 1969; Government College, Kaduna, 1971; Ahmadu Bello University, 1977; School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, U.K, 1980; School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, U.K, 1985.


– Turbanned as Magajin Rafin Katsina and Councillor, Katsina Emirate Council, July 2010.


– Recipient of the National Honours Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), 2006.


– “ The Establishment of Colonial Rule in West Africa, 1900 – 1914” (with others) in History of West Africa Vol. II, Second Edition, Longmans, London – 1985.

– “The Pre-colonial Economy of Hausaland” in Kano Studies, Vol. XI – 1985.

– “Cash Crops and the West Africa Economy in the 20 th Century” Journal of General Studies, Vol. III, No 1 (December 1982), Pages 95-109.


– Reading, Writing, Music, Table Tennis, Golf, Travelling & Making Friends.



– Membership of National Institute (mni), National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, 1992.

– Strategic Negotiation: Deal making for the Long Term, Harvard Business School, U.S.A, 2005.

– Influence & Negotiation Strategies Programme, Stanford Business School, U.S.A, 2006.

– Making Corporate Boards More Effective, Harvard Business School, U.S.A, 2007.

– Certified Public-Private Partnership Specialist Certificate, The Institute for Public Private Partnership Arlington VA, U.S.A & The Water Engineering and Development Center,Loughborough University Leistershire, U.K, 2010.


1) Staff welfare schemes including the establishment of staff Canteen, Creche
among others.

2) Establishment of the ICPC Academy to promote and develop the knowledge
base of the Commission.

3) Nurtured and led the editorial board of the ICPC Monitor, a magazine devoted to promoting anti-corruption initiatives and information about the activities of the Commission. He also nurtured and led the editorial board of the Integrity Journal, an academic journal on the subject of Anti-Corruption and Integrity issues.

4) He championed a number of alternative approaches towards fighting corruption including: ACTU; integrity Certification Scheme and Local Government anti-corruption initiative.

5) He invested heavily in staff professional development initiatives during his term at the Commission. All the senior management team acquired additional
professional certificates and qualifications to enable them contribute more
strategically to the work of the Commission.


1. Dr. Ingawa stabilized and refocused the administration and management of the Ministries. The rancour and acrimony that was common place all fizzled out
under his leadership.

2. The Professional group development increased significantly under his watch.
Professionals were happy to innovate and try new methods to improve efficiency
and effectiveness.

3. He championed the concept of “Same Day Files Service”. The idea is that all
Management staff should not leave files brought to them overnight: the files must as far as exigent be dealt with same day. He started it with the Permanent
Secretary’s Office and gradually cascaded it to all management officers.

4. He abolished “Contractor Queues” at Permanent Secretary’s Office by a mixture of devolvement and proficiency. The idea of contractor queues is a symptom of service failure and he ensured that prompt and responsive service delivery should be cornerstone of the drive to improve overall efficiency of the Ministries.

He pursued reforms at the Ministries and Service-wide levels aimed at enhancing
professionalism and service delivery as well as improving working environment.


1) An active member of the body of Permanent Secretaries
2) Vision 20:2020 Secretariat
3) Public Service Reforms
4) World Bank Projects
5) Public Private Partnership
6) Active participant in the selection process of all new Federal Permanent
Secretaries from 2009 to 2015 as an examiner, marker as well as panelist


Dr Ingawa excelled as an academic at Bayero University Kano. He inspired a lot of economic history teachings and research on Northern Nigeria. Gifted with unusual insight, he presented papers and lectures on the economic history of Northern Nigeria.

Main Area of Research: Economic History of Northern Nigeria:

1. ‘’A History of Cooperatives in Katsina Province with Particular Reference to
Rimi’’; Unpublished Bachelor of Arts Dissertation, Ahmadu Bello University 1977.

2. ‘’A History of Cooperatives in Southern Katsina’’; Unpublished M.A African
History Dissertation, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of
London, 1980.

3. ‘’A Study of the Rural Economy of the Cotton Producing Districts of Southern
Katsina, Northern Nigeria, during the Colonial Period (1900-1939)’’, Unpublished
PhD Thesis, School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS) Universiy of
London, 1985.

4. ‘’Security Administration: A Civil Servant’s Perspective’’. Unpublished Research
Paper Submitted to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru,
Jos, Nigeria, 1992.

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