PERMANENT SECRETARY MINISTRY OF WORKS & HOUSING
Mr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe hails from Otuo in Edo State. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Benin and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the same University.
Mr. Umakhihe has over Thirty-One (31) years of working experience in Accounting and Auditing functions in the Public Service. He started his Public service career in January, 1989 as an Accountant with the National Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), where he rose through the ranks to the position of Director of Finance and Accounts in 2007.
He transferred his services to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in 2011 and served as Deputy Director, Audit Monitoring Department before his elevation to the post of a Director of Finance and Accounts in 2013. He was Director, Finance and Accounts, National Sports Commission from 2013 to 2015 and also served as Director, Finance and Accounts of the Ministry in Foreign Affairs for three (3) years where he was in charge of the Finance and Accounts functions of the Headquarters and the Nigerian’s overseas’ Diplomatic Missions.
He was also Director of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Defence until his appointment as Federal Permanent Secretary by Mr. President on 1st December, 2018. As Permanent Secretary, his first posting was to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and was thereafter redeployed as Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation in December, 2019 before his redeployment to Ministry of Works and Housing on the 27th of August, 2020.
Mr. Umakhihe has attended several management courses both locally and internationally including a stint at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrators of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Management. He is presently concluding his Doctoral thesis in Security and Strategy at the Nassarawa State University, Keffi.
A distinguished alumnus of the University of Benin Alumni Association, he is a philanthropist who has received several commendations from both Government institutions and Non-Governmental bodies for his gestures.
Mr. Umakhihe is married with children. His hobbies include farming and watching football matches.
PROF. GAMBARI, FASHOLA, ZAINAB AHMED, GANDUJE, OTHERS INSPECT THE ONGOING RECONSTRUCTION OF ABUJA – KADUNA – ZARIA -KANO DUAL CARRIAGEWAY IN FCT, KADUNA AND KANO STATES
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola,SAN (2nd right) speaking with Journalists shortly after the Inspection of the Ongoing Reconstruction of Abuja -Kaduna -Zaria -Kano Dual Carriageway in the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Kano States, with him are the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari(right), Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed(2nd left),Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (2nd right) and others on Thursday 19th, November 2020
FASHOLA DECORATED WITH THE ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATION EMBLEM 2021
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola,SAN (left) shortly after being decorated with the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem 2021 by the National Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Brig. General Adakole Jones Akpa (Rtd) at the Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja on Tuesday, 17th November 2020.