His Majesty Da Jacob Gyang Buba, CON – Former Comptroller General of Customs (2004 – 2008) and Gbong Gwom Jos

His Majesty Da Jacob Gyang Buba, the Gbong Gwom Jos was born on the 10th of October, 1951 to the Lo-Wet family of Lo Du in Madu Village of Du District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

He is the first son of the families of Buba Dung Bot and Ngo Kaneng Buba. He started his formal education at SUM elementary school Chwelnyap in Jos between 1960 and 1963 and completed his elementary education at Baptist Day School, Jos. He was at the Provincial Secondary School, Kuru, now Government Secondary School Kuru between 1966 and 1971.

His working career started as a clerk in the Federal Pay Office Jos between 1972 and 1974, from where he proceeded to the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he successfully graduated with a Diploma in Banking and later joined the Nigeria Customs Service as an Assistant Preventive Officer in 1975 and eventually rose to become the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service between April 2004 and August 2008.

While on that position, he was chairman of the African Union Sub-committee of the Directors-General of Custom from 2007 to 2008. It fell on him to undertake the reforms of the Nigeria Custom Service as approved by the Federal Government.

As Comptroller General of Customs, the service witnessed tremendous transformation which led to increase in its revenue. He was instrumental to the adoption and implementation of the Common External Tariffs for ECOWAS, installation, and operation of scanners in ports, border areas, and airports; holistic review of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1958 as amended and other Customs notices. He attended numerous Trade Conferences around the world including INTERPOL seminars.

Upon the demise of Da Victor Dung Pam, the Gbong Gwom Jos in March 2009, the Jos Joint Traditional Council sat on April 1, 2009 and unanimously selected Da Jacob Gyang Buba to ascend to the stool of the Gbong Gwom Jos and the Chairman Plateau State Council of Chiefs.

He is an ordained Elder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

In recognition of his sterling contribution to national development, he was bestowed with two prestigious National Honours as Officer of the Federal Republic, OFR, and Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON. The Gbong Gwom Jos. He was a member of the 2014 National Conference.

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