The Conservator-General/CEO National Park Service Ibrahim Musa Goni

The Conservator-General/CEO National Park Service
Ibrahim Musa Goni

PROFILE OF THE CONSERVATOR GENERAL- NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, IBRAHIM MUSA GONI

 Ibrahim Musa Goni was born on the 3rd day of April 1958 in Bussa, Niger State. He started his early Education at the Local Education Authority Primary School, Bussa 1968 – 1973 where he obtained Primary School Leaving Certificate, and proceeded to Borgu Secondary School, New Bussa 1973 – 1978 for his (General Certificate of Education (GCE) and later Government Secondary School, Kontagora 1978 – 1979 for West African School Certificate (WASC). Goni was at the College of Education, Sokoto – 1979 – 1982 for the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and carried out his National Youth Service Corps in Akungba, Ondo State 1982 – 1983. He was at the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto 1987 – 1990 for the (B. Sc, (ED) Biology), and Federal University of Technology, Akure, 1998 – 2000 for (M. Tech. (Agric. Technology) in Wildlife Management).

Ibrahim Musa Goni is a seasoned Conservationist and Protected area manager who started his working career as Park Superintendent in Kainji Lake National Park, New Bussa, Niger State in 1983 -1990, and officer in charge of Zugurma sector of KLNP 1985-1987, Park Officer I and Head of Department, Planning, Research & Statistics, Kainji Lake National Park 1990-1993, Senior Park Officer, Kainji Lake National Park 1993-1997, Principal Park Officer, Kainji Lake National Park and Head of Department, Park Protection & Conservation Kainji Lake National Park 1997-1999.

With the creation of two additional National Parks namely Kamuku and Okomu National Parks by the Federal Government in 1999, he was appointed as the pioneer officer-in-charge , Kamuku National Park , Birinin Gwari, Kaduna state, Promoted from Ag. Assist. Chief Park Officer to Chief  Park Officer 2000, Assist. Director 2003 -2006. Goni was promoted Deputy Director and posted to take charge of Chad Basin National Park, Maiduguri 2006, he was redesignated as Deputy Conservator of Park and posted to Old Oyo National Park, Oyo 2010; and Promoted as substantive Director (Conservator of Park) Old Oyo National Park, Oyo 2011-2014.

He was transferred to the National Park Service, Headquarters, Abuja, as Assistant Conservator General (Ecology & Resource Management) 2014-2017 and was appointed Conservator General, National Park Service by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) on the 14th April, 2017 as the 3rd Substantive Conservator General of the Federation.

In his over three decade of meritorious service in the field of conservation and protected area management, Goni has attended several National and International Workshops and Conferences within and outside the country notably are; National Workshop on Statutory Laws on Financial Administration in Public Sector by the Nigeria Law Reform Commission, Jos 2000; Review of Accounting Manual of the National Park Service by Solanke & Suleiman, Oli Camp, New Bussa, 2000; Study Tour of Kenya and Tanzania National Parks, 2001; National Workshop on Integrated Community Based Tourism & Rural Economic Empowerment by Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Abuja, 2002; Workshop on Contract Tendering, the Presidency, 2002; Road to Durban – Workshop on Protected Areas Management, Cameroon, 2003; Workshop on Anti-Corruption Organized by the House of Representative, June 2006; Regional Workshop on Protected Areas Strategy, Maroua, Cameroon, 2007; Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) – Training on Effective Delegation and Leaders0hip-July, 2008; Study Tour to some National Parks in Niger Republic, 2009; Member, Nigerian Observer to the Conference of Party (COP 10) on the Review of Convention on Biodiversity, Nagoya, Japan, October, 2010; Conference of the Botanical Society of Nigeria- July, 2010; 2nd World Biodiversity Congress, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2011; Member, Nigerian delegation to the Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20 Summit) held at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, June, 2012; Study Tour to Indian National Parks, 2012; and Member, Nigerian delegation on Study Tour of Kenya National Park.

He was a member of various internal and external Committees which includes Editor In-Chief ‘Nigeria Parks’ – The Official Magazine of the National Park Service, June 1994; Member National Park Service Committee on Relocation Allowance, June 2001; Member, National Park Service High Powered Committee to Investigate into the Upsurge in Fulani cattle rearers incursion into Yankari National Park, June 2002;  Member, Committee on the Conversion of Ruma Kukar Jangarai Forest Reserve (Katsina State) into National Park, December, 2000; Member, National Park Service Committee on the Implementation of the approved National Park Service Scheme and Condition of Service, May 2007;  Member Representing National Park Service on the Working Group of the BPE on the Partial Commercialization of the National Park Service. September, 2010; Member, Technical Committee on the collaboration between National Park Service and Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, March, 2011; Chairman, Editorial Board, ‘Nigeria Parks’- The official Magazine of the National Park Service.  September, 2011; Chairman Uniform and Logistics Committee on the Implementation of the Paramilitary Status in the National Park Service. May, 2013;  Delegate on Steering Committee on Commercialization of Nigeria National Parks, 2013. Member, Representing National Park Service on the Project Advisory Committee of the BPE on the Commercialization of the National Parks. October 2013; and Chairman, Borgu International Gani Durbar Festival , 2015, Borgu Emirate Council, New Bussa, December, 2014 and was a  National Consultant to Lake Chad Basin Commission, United Nations office for Project Service (UNOPS) on Protected Areas  Strategy in Nigeria 2007.

He was conferred with the title of Kogunan Borgu by HRH, Alhaji Dr. (Sen) Haliru Dantoro Kitoro III, Emir of Borgu, Niger State for his loyal services to the Emirate and his people. He was commended by the Conservator-General for Improved Revenue Generation at Chad Basin National Park, (CBNP) 2010; Award of Excellence by caring Climate Film 2013; and Award of Excellence by Borgu Youth Development Association 2014.

He is widely travelled and the countries visited are Cameroon, Ethopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil, Malaysia, Niger and India.

Married with many children, his hobbies include Nature Watch/Tours, Reading Newspapers, Traveling and Jogging.