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Ex- Perm Sec, Elder Statesman, Ahmed Joda is dead

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A former permanent secretary during the Gowon Era and elder stateman, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, has died at the age of 91.

Joda was a retired Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industries, and rose to become one of the super Permanent Secretaries under the military government of Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd.) in the 1970s.

He served as chairman and board member of various companies including; the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Nigerian Communications Commission, Pastoral Resolve, Chagoury Group, and the Flour Mills of Nigeria.

He was the chairman of the 18-member transition committee nominated by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to receive the handover notes from the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration in 2015.

In 1999, he was appointed in the committee to advise the Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidency on Poverty Alleviation and in 2015, he headed the Muhammadu Buhari presidential transition.

he died on Friday at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Yola, Adamawa State following a brief illness.

The remains of the deceased has already been taken to Yola cemetery for burial according to Islamic rites.


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