The Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) and the entire Nigerian University sports family mourns the unfortunate demise of Retired Brigadier- General Dominic Obukadata Oneya, former Military Governor of Benue and Kano States.
General Oneya extended his hands of warmth to the Nigerian university games association on numerous occasions, supported the NUGA games in Kano in 1997 and recieved its delegates to the government house in that period.
We also remember his outstanding services to the nation through his career in the army and his one-time presidency of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF.
We extend our condolences to the family, the Agbarho community in Ughelli North, of which he was always proud and to the government and people of Delta State over the irreparable loss.
Born on 26 May 1948 in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos state, he attended the Baptist Academy, Yaba, Lagos (1962–1967), then enlisted in the Nigerian Defence Academy in May 1969, earning a commission in the Infantry Corps in September 1971. Oneya attended the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) (1977–1980), earning B.Sc degree in physical education.
He also attended the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna (1983–1984) and the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1987–1988).
Command positions during his military career include Adjutant of 31 Infantry Battalion (1971–1972), Instructor at 4 Division Training School (1972–1973) and Instructor at Nigerian Army Military Training College, Jaji (1975–1977). As a Staff Officer from 1977 he served at Army Headquarters Lagos and in operations with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (1980–1981).
He was Commandant of the Nigerian Army Physical Training School, Zaria (1985–1987), Directing Staff, Command and Staff College, Jaji (1987–1989) and Directing Staff, Ghana Armed Forces College Teshe, Ghana (1989–1991).
He was appointed Commander, 82 Motorized Infantry Brigade, Kano (1993–1995), Commander, 16 Battalion, Nigerian ECOMOG Contingent in Liberia and then Director of administration, Training and Doctrine Command (1995-July 1996).
He retired from Military service on a rank of Brigadier General and he was subsequently appointed Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, now NFF on 17th January 2000.