Ahmed Joda, elder statesman, seasoned administrator, dies at 91


Elder statesmen and seasoned public administrator, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, is dead.
Joda, 91, died on Friday in Yola, Adamawa state.
His death was confirmed in a statement on Friday by Humwashi Wonosikou, spokesman to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state.
Born in 1930, Joda attended Yola Elementary School and Yola Middle School before proceeding to the famous Barewa College from 1945 to 1948.
He worked briefly at Moor Plantation in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, and later as an agricultural officer in Yola before venturing into journalism at Gaskiya Corporation in Zaria, Kaduna.
He then attended Pitmans College, London from 1954 to 1956.
On his return to Nigeria, he became a correspondent at the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS) from 1956 to 1960.
He later joined the northern regional government as a chief information officer and eventually became permanent secretary from 1962 to 1967.
He retired to private business during the Second Republic and served as chairman and board member of various companies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
He also served as the chairman of the Presidential Committee on the 2011 Post Election Violence.
In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as chairman of the transition committee that ushered in his administration.


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