Lt General Jeremiah Useni – Military Governor of Bendel State (1984 – 1985), Minister of Transport and Aviation (1985-1988), Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (1993- 1998)

Lt General Jeremiah T. Useni (Rtd) was born in Langtang, Langtang North LGA of Plateau State on 16th February 1943. He is a graduate of Indian Military Academy; holds a Diploma in Advance Military Transportation from the US Army and passed through notable Institutions including the British Army Apprentices College, Chepstow (UK); Command and Staff College Jaji and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.  He is a Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), Fellow Chartered Institute of Transport (UK and Nigeria), and Fellow, National War College (FNWC).

General Useni holds four Honorary Degrees from four Nigerian Universities namely: Doctor of Law, Federal University of Technology Owerri; Doctor of Letters, Bendel State University (now Edo); Doctor of Technology, Federal University of Technology Akure and Doctor of Humanity, University of Jos.  He was two times President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute.

During his many years of service in the Nigerian Army, he held various top military and political appointments before retirement.

  • Director of Supply and Transport,
  • Director of Ordnance Services and Quartermaster General, all of the Nigerian Army,
  • Coordinated the establishment of the National War College (now National Defence College) and became its pioneer Commandant.

On the political scene, he was:

  • Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (1977-1981),
  • Military Governor of Bendel State (now Edo and Delta) (Jan 1984-August 1985); Minister of Transport and Aviation (1985-1988);
  • Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (December 1993-August 1998).
  • While in the FCT he was appointed Chairman of the National Traditional Rulers Forum and Leaders of Thought.

General Useni received many military decorations including the Distinguished Service Star, Forces Service Star, Long Service Medal, Defence Medal, and Independence Medal.

In 2011, he was conferred with the National Honour of Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) and was a delegate to the 2014 National Conference.

As a nationalist, General Useni is bestowed with 12 chieftaincies/traditional titles from various States of the Federation.  Most notable is the Sardauna of Plateau and Nasarawa States.  He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arewa Consultative Forum, a social, cultural, and pressure group covering the 19 Northern States of Nigeria for five years.

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