NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo Biography
Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, FCA, FCIB, ACIT,OON (Talban Gombe) was born on 4th April 1962 at Herwagana Ward in Gombe City, Gombe State. He attended Central Primary School Gombe from 1969 to 1976. He attended Government Secondary School Billiri from 1976 to 1981. He proceeded to Ahmadu Bello Univeristy Zaria and Graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1985 with a second class (honours) upper Division, being the second best result obtained by any individual in the then Bauchi State. He further enrolled for Masters of Science Degree, in Economics and graduated in 1992. Dankwambo was not satisfied with academic pursuit, he decided to study Post graduate Diploma in Computer Science at the Delta State University Abraka from 1997 to 1998.
Professionally, Dankwambo has proved to be exceptionally intelligent. He has passed through the qualifying examinations of seven (7) professional bodies and consequently was awarded membership of those professional Institutions. For example, He passed the prescribed examinations of the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in exceptionally earlier than record time, a year after his graduation from the University, a feat most professional Chartered Accountants will agree is rare to achieve and therefore became an associate of the Institute. Today he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
This dynamic Dankwambo, acquired other professional Qualifications in his quest to achieve excellence. He became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in 1999 and later was awarded a fellow in 2006. In 1989, he qualified as an Associate member, Chartered Institute of Taxation (ACIT). He is also an Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (ANIM), a Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Marketers (FNIM), and a Member Nigerian Economic Society(MNES).
Alhaji Dankwambo has had various international exposures by attending training programmes which further molded and shaped him as a refined and seasoned Accountant, Economist and an Administrator. The training courses and Seminars attended includes:
• i. HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A.
• Global Financial System, Crises, Prospects and Solutions.
• ii. DUKE UNIVERSITY, DCID, Durham, NC 27708, U.S.A.
• Budgeting and Financial Management in the Public Sector.
• iii. STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford Business School,
• 518, Memorial Way, CA, USA – Financial Management Program.
• iv. CROWN AGENTS MANAGEMENT DEV. CENTRE, United Kingdom Financial Management and Development Projects.
• v. UNIVERSITY OF CAPETOWN AND DUKE UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
• Management of Foreign Aids.
• vi. WEST AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT,GHANA.
• External Debt and Reserve Management.
• Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo started his Carreer at the Coopers and Lybrand International, (Chartered Accountants), now Price Water House Coopers from 1985 to 1988.
• He later joined the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1988 until 1999, When the then Executive Governor of Gombe State, His Excellency Alhaji Abubakar Habu Hashidu spotted the unique qualities in this great man and appointed him to be the Accountant-General of Gombe State . He held this position until 20th April 2005 when the then Accountant General of the Federation Mr J.K Naiyeju was retiring. Again the unique qualities of Dankwambo became obvious to all having served at various committees at the Federation Account and his efficiency was noticed by His Excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo who appointed him to be the Accountant General of the Federation to replace Mr Naiyeju. The position he held until he was overwhelmingly elected the Executive Governor of Gombe State. Out of the total Valid votes cast, he scored 596,481 while the candidate second to him scored only 91,781.
• During his working career Dankwambo has chaired and served in committees as well as served as board member of some Government parastatals at various times.
• He was the president of the Forum of Accountants-General and Auditors-General in West Africa (FAAGWA), a West African Regional Body of Accountants-General and Auditors-General formed to promote Accountability, Transparency and good governance in the West African Sub Region from 2007 to 2010. Earlier, he was the Protem Secretary of the same organization,
• He was the co- Chairman, Standardisation of Federal, State and Local Government Accounts in Nigeria, A body formed by the Federation Account Allocation Committee to harmonies the Accounting and Reporting of Financial Statements by the three tiers of Governments.
• Since his assumption of Office as the Accountant General of the Federation he has been the Chairman of the Technical Sub-Committee of the Federation Account Allocation Committee, a committee saddled with the responsibility of determining how the national revenues are shared equitably amongst the three tiers of Governments, ie Federal States and Local Governments.
• Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo was also the Chairman of the Audit Committee of ECOWAS. He also chaired the review of Financial Regulations and other Financial Laws in Gambe.
• i. He was a Board member of the Central Bank of Nigeria
• ii. Board members of the Debt Management Office
• Other Committees he was involved in earlier in his carrier while at the Central Bank of Nigeria includes:
• i. Secretary, Computerisation of Money Laundering and Surveillance Unit,
• ii. Sub Chairman, Review of Syllabus for Bank Examiners Training
• iii. Member, Central Bank of Nigeria/Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Joint Committee on Bank Analysis System (BAS) Computerization Project
• iv. Member, Standardisation of Accounting Formats for Banks and other Financial Institutions
• v. Member, Committee on External Examiners Central Bank of Nigeria
• vi. Member Committee on External Examiners, Central Bank of Nigeria
• vii. Member, Bauchi State Government Committee on Mobilization of other sources of Revenue to State Government
Summary of Achievements of Ibrahim Dankwambo while serving as the Accountant-General of the Federation
Dankwambo’s reign as the Accountant-General of the Federation brought about very laudable unique and outstanding positive reforms to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation;
Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo can best be described as a silent achiever. Since his assumption of Office, he has tirelessly embarked on transforming the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation through various reform programmes which he has initiated and some of which he inherited. He started by completing the Treasury House which was under construction to give all Public Accountants a pride of place. Today the Treasury House stands out in Abuja City as one of the most magnificent edifice to be reckoned with. All Accountants are proud to be identified with the Treasury House.
There are quite a number of reforms which can be said to be revolutionary. For example, he has brought up to date the Financial Statements of the Federal Government which were in arrears. As at the time he left, the Financial Statements of the Federal Government were up to date. All arrears of Financial Statements had been prepared, audited and published.
The revolution in the Public Sector towards a cashless economy began with Alhaji Dankwambo, bringing about the implementation of the E-payment system which was completely a new innovation in the financial services of the government. The use of cheques has now been eliminated in the government transactions at the Federal level. Contractors, Staff and Service providers now get their accounts credited automatically without having direct contacts with the staff of the Central Pay Office of any Ministry Department and Agency for payment.
The Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is yet another giant strides achieved by Dankwambo. Salaries of Staff all over the Ministries Departments and Agencies are now being paid centrally using an automated system. The immediate advantages that are obvious from this system are that Salaries are now being paid early and at the same time by the 25th of every month. This has eliminated the complain of delayed payment of Salaries by Ministries Departments and Agencies. Ghost workers syndrome has also been minimized.
Other reforms embarked upon, some of which are completed while some are at advance stages of completion includes, the New Chart of Accounts, the Accounting Transactions Recording and Reporting System (ATRRS), which removes the stress of having to prepare and carry hard copies of Accounts by Ministries Departments and Agencies to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for Consolidation. Accounts are now being submitted to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation by Ministries Departments and Agencies Electronically.
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) gap analysis is one effort by the Alhaji Dankwambo to upgrade the preparation and reporting of Nigeria’s Financial Statements up to International Standards.
He had also embarked on the upgrading of the Federal Treasury Academy to University Standard for the training of Public Sector Accountants and affiliating it to a highly recognized Public Sector professional body in the United Kingdom, (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) United Kingdom).
On assumption of Office, one of the responsibilities he was saddled with was the payment of Severance benefits to staffs of some erstwhile Government Parastatals and companies that were either privatized or were in the process of being privatized. Some of which Includes Nigeria Airways, Nigerian Telecommunications Company (NITEL), Nigeria Ports Authority etc. The Office under his leadership also undertook successfully the payment of Severance Benefits to all right sized Staff of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies. He also chaired the Committees set up for the payment of Military Pensions Severance Benefits, other Para-military organizations and Arrears of civilian Pensions.
In order to solve the accommodation problem of the Federal Pay Offices, he embarked on the building of twelve Federal Pay Offices in Twelve State Capitals in Nigeria. Two of the Pay Offices namely, Gombe and Ilorin were completed and commissioned before he left Office as the Accountant-General of the Federation.
Dankwambo has started the transformation agenda in Gombe State on assumption of Office as the Executive Governor of the State. As a technocrat and administrator with the knowledge of the importance of planning, he appointed eleven committees to carry out baseline assessment in the critical sectors of the economy of Gombe State and suggest the sustainable ways forward into the far future of Gombe State. The Committees have since completed their work and have submitted their reports, which are already being implemented. This singular action has been highly commended by the people of Gombe state and political observers outside the state. Only recently he has flagged off the construction of twelve township roads in Gombe metropolis while contracts for five critical highways across the state have also been awarded. He had earlier purchased 35 new tractors and rehabilitated 25 for use by farmers in the state. Fertilizers have been procured and distributed on time to farmers at subsidized rates.
It is often said that some people are born great by reason of the families they are born into, while some achieve greatness through hard work. Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo may have been born into a great family, the father being a rich man and held the title of Talban Gombe. He has nonetheless worked hard to achieve greatness independently, without depending on the achievement of his father.
– Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo Biography (Nigeria Book of Records)