By Ibrahim Biu
Recently, Distinguished Nigerian magazine honoured 15 Nigerians with awards, certificates and plaques for distinguishing themselves in their various endeavours at its 7th anniversary celebrations. One of the recipients of the distinguished Nigerian awards is Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Bomai, the current Director of Treasury of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Abuja.
Bomai is a bureaucrat whose efforts and altruistic spirit have distinguished him as a quiet but hard working civil servant who prefers not to be seen but to work, work and work silently to the satisfaction of his bosses either at the FCTA or the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, this is perhaps one of the reason why he was deemed fit for the award. Those honoured with Bomai include the Deputy Governor of Kebbi state, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, President of Transport Union in Lagos, Alhaji Usman Najeem Yasin, Alh. Garba Mamu, ED News NTA, MD of AIT, Mac Amarere, Hajia Ramatu Bala Usman, President National Council of Women Society, President of NGE, Femi Adeshina and Prince Henry Okafor a business man.
Bomai an exceptional public servant and almost a press shy senior government official could best be described as a role model and a patriotic officer whose wealth of solid experience and versatility has impacted positively on the activities of the FCTA since he assumed office as the DOT in 2012.
Ibrahim Bomai who is famous for his simplicity and unwavering commitment to his duties and humanity has won many awards for his diligence in all the assignments he has handled.
This reporter believes he is an embodiment of humility, a personality whose success story is characterized by painstakingness, doggedness and integrity, a man who is always in the forefront when it comes to promoting truth, justice and fairness in giving quality service to the society. He prefers to always work quietly without any fanfare to achieve a lot.
As Malam Ismaila one of his colleagues at the FCTA recently told this reporter, to Bomai as far as he is concerned integrity is synonymous with honesty and it is a virtue that is invaluable. He conducts himself with integrity and regards integrity with total seriousness as imparted in him by his parents who insists that a person must be honest and be good in character which is above material things.
Bomai himself told me not too long ago that honesty is the bedrock to achieving greatness and that since he started his civil service career in Maiduguri has strived to do his work very well and he has never been issued with any query but rather has received commendations from his immediate bosses. The commendations have come from different quarters especially since 2002 when he relocated to Abuja as an Asst. Director with the FCTA.
Born on February 10, 1960 in Maiduguri, Borno state, Bomai is from Potishkum, Yobe state and obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi state in 1999. As a young man with passion for education, Bomai has after he had successfully completed his HND in accounting went for his post graduate Diploma in Management before he did his master’s programme in Business Administration. A member of many professional bodies like National Accountants of Nigeria and a recipient of awards as Best Performing Director of the year at the FCTA, Bomai has held sensitive positions such as Deputy Director, Auditor General for FCT area councils until when he was appointed to the post of Director of Treasury FCTA in 2008.
Bomai who is well known for his stand against injustice and dishonesty, this highly energetic young man brought to FCTA a rich professional and academic background of experience having worked in many other organizations which he uses to carry the administration of the FCTA Treasury despite usual constraints and challenges of the civil service.
As described by Ms. Hannatu Elfakey, Bomai who is dynamic, focused and bold, on assumption of duty at the MFCT embraced the job with a single mantra that; never postpone till tomorrow what can be done today. Bomai earned the confidence of his colleagues by carrying them along in whatever he does. No doubt this and many other reasons is why Bomai has handled many sensitive assignments successfully and has continued to acquaint himself creditably despite the challenges he met at the finance department since he was the first Treasury Director appointed at the FCTA. Since he assumed office as DOT, FCTA Treasury has benefited a lot from his much academic and professional competencies.
The efforts of the treasury department to generate revenue will no doubt complement whatever is being received from the Federal
government. As at now, due to the present population explosion in Abuja, the competing demands on the inadequate resources available needed for critical infrastructure and others have become more intense within the past few years or so. Bomai is well prepared to achieve and surpass the 6.2 billion naira IGR revenue target annually set for his department as from 2014.
Ibrahim Biu wrote in from Kuje, FCT, Abuja.