Afakriya Aduwa Gadzama: The New Chairman of NISS

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a distinguished Abusite and former Director-General of the Department for State Services, Afakriya Aduwa Gadzama, as the Chairman of the National Institute for Security Studies, NISS.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha conveyed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, stating that the appointment, takes effect from December 16, 2019, for an initial four years.

Who is Afakriya Aduwa Gadzama?

Afakriya Aduwa Gadzama mni OFR is a Nigerian security officer who was appointed Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS) in August 2007 by President Umaru Yar’Adua.

He was born on 22 November 1953 at Lassa in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

He attended the prestigious Barewa College, Zaria from (1968–1972), then School of Basic studies Zaria Kaduna State. He later proceeded to the great Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree (BA) in Political Science (1977). In 2001.

Gadzama attended the Senior Executive Course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos In 2001.

On December 26, 2019. The Nigerian government under president Muhammad Buhari appointed Gadzama as the Chairman of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NISS).

Gadzama started his career in 1978 with the Ministry of Finance in Borno State and transferred to the National Security Organization as a Principal Officer in 1984. He rose through the ranks of the NSO and the subsequent State Security Service which was carved out of the NSO when it was dissolved. His postings at the State Security Service include:

  • Director of Security, Plateau State (1989–1991)
  • Director of Security, Federal Capital Territory (1991–1993)
  • Director of Security, Kaduna (1993–1997)
  • Director of Operations, SSS National Headquarters (1997–1998)
  • Director of Programmes, SSS National Headquarters 1999
  • Director of Intelligence (2001–2002)
  • Director of Operations (2002–2003)
  • Director of Administration and Logistics, National Headquarters (2004–2005)
  • Director of Corporate Services, National Headquarters (2006–2007).
  • Director General, SSS (2007-2010)

Gadzama was instrumental in President Umaru Yar Adua’s Niger Delta Amnesty Program. Ita Ekpeyong replaced Gadzama as DG SSS on September 7, 2010, after President Goodluck Jonathan’s mass dismissal of security chiefs.

Institute for Security Studies Elevated to National Institute for Security Studies (NISS)

Afakriya Aduwa Gadzama: The New Chairman of NISS

President Muhammadu Buhari on 18th of June, 2019 signed into law the the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) bill elevating the institution to the same level as the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), and the National Defence College (NDC). Henceforth, certificates issued to participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) shall be at par with those issued by NIPSS and NDC.

The National Institute for Security Studies provides senior-level security and law enforcement personnel with skills and capacity for strategic management and also award postgraduate diploma and a degree in the field of intelligence and security management. Furthermore, the institute also has the mandate to elevate deserving Ph.D. holders to the rank of professors in their respective areas of specialization.


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