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Hamman Tukur: Ex-RMAFC boss who introduced Monetisation Policy is dead

The former Chairman of Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Engineer Hamman Tukur who introduced monetisation policy died in Kaduna on Saturday and has been buried according to Islamic rites.

Appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, Engr Tukur led other members of the Commission in recommending and implementing the monetization policy of remuneration packages for political office holders in all tiers and arms of government. The policy drastically minimized public wastage of resources.

Though the Commission also recommended a new Revenue Allocation Formula that favored states and local governments, the Federal Government has nevertheless refused to submit it to the National Assembly for passage into law for implementation.

Born on January 24th, 1942 in Adamawa State, Engr. Tukur who attended various schools at home and abroad had a B. Sc in Physics and an M. Sc in Engineering.

He started his work career at Consolidated Tin Mines, Jos before moving to the academia as a Lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic. He was Head of Department of Electrical/Electronics before he became the Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic.

From the academia, the Federal Government appointed him the Managing Director of the defunct National Electric Power Authority, NEPA; Director-General, Federal Ministry of Mines, Power and Steel and later Director-General, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

Engr. Tukur was a Member, Institute of Strategic Studies, Kuru; Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers; Fellow, Yaba College of Technology and Member, Institute of Electrical Engineers (England). He was also a recipient of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

He left marks in the various places he served but it was in the RMAFC that his impact was most felt across the nation especially in resolving disputed oil swells among states in the Niger Delta region and the Commission’s close monitoring of sources of revenue to the Federation from oil and non-oil sectors resulting in significant improvement in accruals to the Federation Account

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.