An elder stateman, Ahmad Joda, who headed President Muhammadu Buhari’s transition committee in 2015, is dead.
Mr Joda, a journalist who became a civil servant and was one of the so-called super federal permanent secretaries under the military government of Yakubu Gowon, died Friday afternoon at 91.
Family sources told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Joda died at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa State capital.
From Adamawa State, he attended Yola Elementary School and Yola Middle School before proceeding to Barewa College, Zaria from 1945 to 1948.
He worked briefly at Moor Plantation in Ibadan, and later as an agricultural officer in Yola before entering the field of journalism at Gaskiya Corporation in Zaria.
He then attended Pitmans College, London from 1954 to 1956. On his return, he became a correspondent at the Nigerian Broadcasting Service from 1956 to 1960.
He then joined the Northern regional government as a Chief Information Officer and then later Permanent Secretary from 1962 to 1967.
In 1967, following the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War, he was seconded to the Federal Civil Service as a Permanent Secretary serving in the federal ministries of Information, Education and Industries, where he retired in 1978.
He retired into private business during the Second Nigerian Republic, where he served as chairman and board member of various companies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Nigerian Communications Commission, Pastoral Resolve, SCOA, Nigeria, Chagoury Group, Flour Mills of Nigeria, and the Nigerian LNG.
He was also a member of the 1988 Constituent Assembly which planned the constitutional transition of the Third Nigerian Republic.
In 1999, he was appointed the head of the committee to advise the Presidency on Poverty Alleviation and in 2015, headed the Muhammadu Buhari presidential transition.
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