A two-time Secretary to the Government of Adamawa State, John Eddie Manassah, is dead, his son, Yangadi, has told PREMIUM TIMES.
The late Mr. Manassah had served as SSG under the Boni Haruna and Murtala Nyako’s administrations.
Mr. Manassah, a seasoned technocrat, who was also the running mate to Buba Marwa in 2011, when the later ran for election’s as governor, passed on in the early hours of Wednesday in Yola the Adamawa State capital.
His eldest son, Yangadi Mannassah, did not reveal the cause of his father’s death.
Sources close to the family, however, said they believed the late politician died from protracted kidney related complications which kept him away from the public since 2013.
The late Manassah served as Secretary to Adamawa State Government and Head of the Adamawa State civil Service from July 1999- Sept.1999 under the military junta headed by Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami.
He also became Secretary to the Adamawa State Government in the civilian administration of Governor Boni Haruna up until 2004.
When Governor Nyako became governor in May 2007, he recalled Mr. Manassa again until political disagreement led to both men parting ways towards the end of the administration.
But prior to his appointment in that cabinet, he served as Director General of the Nyako Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation.
Chief Manasssah again served as Secretary to the State Government when former Adamawa House of Assembly Speaker, James Barka, became Acting governor following the nullification of governor Nyako’s election by the supreme court.
However, the late Mr. Manassah would be fondly remembered for his conceptualization of the defunct social welfare scheme during the Nyako era in the state popularly referred as “Special Assistance” Scheme. Through it monies in monthly stipends were dispensed to the less privileged. The SA scheme drew lots of plaudits for the Nyako administration who saw the scheme as a “social empowerment” scheme.
Until his death he holds the traditional title of Wazirin Mbula.
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