SGF/Permanent Secretary


Mr. Adedayo Toba Apata, SAN (Dayo Apata) is a seasoned technocrat with over 30 years cognate experience and diverse competence in legal, human, material and financial stewardship giving substance to good governance in Public Administration and excellent delivery of public services.

He obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B (Hons.) from the University of Ibadan in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. He went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Ado-Ekiti in 2010.

Mr. Apata began his professional career in 1986 as a Prosecuting Officer for the Nigerian Customs Service (as a Youth Corper) and subsequently secured appointment into the Federal Ministry of Justice in 1987 where he served his country diligently and rose through the ranks to become the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary.

In the course of his career, he has served as Legal Adviser to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies including Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ministry of Education and National Planning Commission, where he doubled as the Head Coordinator of the Secretariat of the National Economic Council.

Dayo Apata, SAN was appointed, on secondment, as the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice from 2012 to 2014, where he initiated several interventions geared towards the reform of the administration of justice.

In August 2017, Mr. Apata was appointed as the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, a position which he presently occupies. His wealth of experience has come to bear as he has facilitated reforms in the areas of administration of justice, capacity building, staff welfare and personnel management among others, which has improved the overall engagement and visibility of the Federal Ministry of Justice in a positive light.

He took silk on 23rd September 2019, when he was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in recognition of his contribution to the development of the legal system in Nigeria.


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