Patrick Koshoni

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Patrick Koshoni
Chief of Naval Staff
In office
Preceded by Rear Adm. A. Aikhomu
Succeeded by Vice Adm. M. Nyako
Federal Minister of Employment, Labour and Productivity
In office
Federal Minister of Health
In office
December 1983 – August 1985
Preceded by D.C Ugwu
Succeeded by Olikoye Ransome-Kuti
Personal details
Born 1943
Alma mater St Finbarr's College
National Defence Academy
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Service/branch Badge of the Nigerian Navy.svg Nigerian Navy
Years of service 1962-1990
Rank Vice Admiral

Patrick Sebo Koshoni (April 17, 1943-) is a retired Nigerian Navy Vice Admiral,[1] former Chief of Naval Staff and a former minister for Health during administration of General Buhari.[2] During his tenure as health minister, he tried to kick start a national insurance scheme, the scheme involved medical treatment without down payment.[citation needed]

Early life & education[edit]

Born in Lagos on April 17, 1943, Patrick Koshoni joined the Nigerian Navy on the 11 of June 1962 after a secondary school education at St Finbarr’s College, Akoka Lagos. That same year he started the naval cadetship training at the National Defence Training Academy in India and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant on 16 July 1964.


Admiral Koshoni attended many naval, management and leadership courses and headed many naval and military appointments, committees and task forces.[citation needed] He was a three-time minister in various military regimes, heading the ministries of Health, Transport and Aviation, Employment, Labour and Productivity. He was appointed Chief of the Naval Staff from October 1986 to January 1990, after several years of political appointments.

Vice Admiral Koshoni’s tenure as CNS led to the Nigerian Navy Trident Strategy which articulated the Nigeria’s maritime strategic imperatives while streamlining the acquisition of platforms for the appropriate size and shape of the NN. Other initiatives under his tenure included Manpower Rationalisation, Training Programmes, Logistic Reform and morale boosting Welfare Schemes.