On August 4, 2021, Nigeria mourned the loss of a distinguished leader, Brigadier-General Dominic Obukadata Oneya, fondly known as Dominic Oneya. A former Administrator of Kano State during General Sani Abacha’s military regime, Dominic Oneya’s life was marked by service to his nation and numerous accomplishments. Born on May 26, 1948, he passed away after a brief illness at the age of 73. Let us remember and pay tribute to this remarkable individual who left a lasting impact on the country.
Dominic Oneya Early Life and Education
Dominic Oneya hailed from Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, but he was born and raised in Apapa Local Government Area, Lagos State. He received his early education at the Baptist Academy in Yaba, Lagos, from 1962 to 1967. In May 1969, he joined the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy to pursue his military training, setting the foundation for his distinguished career.
Dominic Oneya Career and Accomplishments
After serving in various capacities within the military, Dominic Oneya demonstrated his leadership skills and dedication to public service when he assumed the role of Administrator of Kano State from August 1996 to August 1998 under General Sani Abacha’s regime. His tenure was marked by efforts to improve the lives of the people of Kano and contribute to the development of the state.
Subsequently, he served as the Administrator of Benue State from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar. Throughout his administrative roles, Dominic Oneya showcased a strong commitment to ensuring effective governance and progress for the regions he served.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dominic Oneya pursued his academic aspirations. He attended the University of Ife (now known as Obafemi Awolowo University), where he further enriched his knowledge and skills.
Moreover, Dominic Oneya had a significant impact on Nigerian sports. He served as the Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, contributing to the development and promotion of football in the country. Under his leadership, football witnessed notable improvements and achievements.
Dominic Oneya Family and Legacy
Dominic Oneya belonged to the Urhobo ethnic group, and his family was a source of strength and support throughout his journey. He leaves behind a legacy of dedication, hard work, and a passion for serving his nation.
The passing of Brigadier-General Dominic Obukadata Oneya on August 4, 2021, marked the end of a life filled with accomplishments and contributions to Nigeria. His tenure as an administrator, educational pursuits, and leadership in sports exemplified his commitment to the betterment of his country and its people. As we remember him, let us honor his memory and the impact he made on the nation. May his soul rest in peace.