Shettima Monguno, Former Petroleum Minister Dies At 90

Shettima Monguno, Former Petroleum Minister Dies At 90

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Jumbo Ogah, George Daniel

Shettima Ali Monguno, a former minister of mines and petroleum of Nigeria, has passed away at 90.

Monguno died on Friday, July 8, 2016 at his home in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, according to a statement by the Borno State government.

The statement, signed by Jidda Shuwa, secretary to the state government, said that Dr. Shettima Monguno would be buried Saturday, July 9, 2016 in his home at Old GRA in Maiduguri.

“It is with a deep sense of loss and profound sadness that we announce, on behalf of His Excellency the executive governor of Borno State and the Borno State government, the passage of our father and distinguished statesman, Alhaji (Dr.) Shettima Ali Monguno,” the brief statement said.

“He died this evening, Friday, 8th July, 2016. His burial will, insha Allah (by the grace of God) take place tomorrow, Saturday, 9th July, 2016 at 2pm at his residence, near government house, Old GRA, Maiduguri.

“May Allah (SWA) forgive his sins and grant him abode in Aljanat Firdaus, and may Allah grant his family and the entire people of Borno State the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

Monguno was education secretary and councillor for education, works and social welfare Borno local government from 1959 – 1965; federal minister for Air Force and internal affair 1965 – 1966; minister mines and power, petroleum and energy 1972 – 1975.

Borno elders (from right) Ambassaador Gaji Galtimari, Elder Shettima Ali Monguno, Brigadier General Abba Kyari, A Representative of Chief Imam of Maiduguri, Sheikh Goni Gapchia praying for peace | Premium Times
Borno elders (from right) Ambassador Gaji Galtimari, Elder Shettima Ali Monguno, Brigadier General Abba Kyari, A Representative of Chief Imam of Maiduguri, Sheikh Goni Gapchia praying for peace | Premium Times

He was president of OPEC between 1972 and 1973 and a former presidential candidate during the 1990 option A4 political arrangement, when the military experiment failed transition to civil rule. Monguno also served as pro-chancellor of University of Calabar from 1978 to 1980; pro-chancellor of University of Nigeria 1980 to 1984.

Monguno was also a politician serving as deputy national chairman of the National Party of Nigeria from December 1980 to 1984 and was conferred with national honour – Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic CFR in 1982.

A former chairman of the Borno Elders Forum, Monguno was known as a philanthropist who committed his time and resources to charity through his Shettima Ali Monguno Foundation that focussed mainly on the education of poor children especially the girl child.

It was reported that the statesman sold his only home in Abuja and used part of the proceeds to build a female hostel at the University of Maiduguri as part of his charity work towards advancing girl child education in Borno state.

Monguno is survived by his wife, children and many grandchildren.

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