Munguno, ex-OPEC president, minister dies at 90

By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri

A former President of the Organisation of Petroleum Producing Countries (OPEC) and two time minister, Alhaji Shetima Ali Monguno has died at the age of 90 years.

The news of his passage was conveyed by the Borno State Government on Friday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Jidda Shuwa.

Monguno was at various times Minister of Mines, Power and Petroleum and later, Federal Commissioner (Minister) for Trade and Commerce.

According to Shuwa Monguno died in his GRA resident and would buried later on Saturday according to Islamic rites at about 2pm in the afternoon

“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.” Shuwa wrote.

The deceased was born in 1926 in Monguno, Borno He attended Monguno primary school, Teacher’s College Bauchi and Katsina, College of Arts, Science and Technology Zaria, Moray House college of Education and the University of Edinburgh.

He served as a parliamentarian in the First Republic and was appointed the Minister of Air Force and Internal Affairs between 1965 and 1966.

He was a Federal Commissioner for Trade and Industries between 1966 and 1971 and Minister for Mines and Power, Petroleum and Energy between 1972 to 1975.

Monguno also served as President of OPEC fron 1972 to 1973.

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