Walter Ibekwe Ofonagoro, historian and administrator, 75, June 24. Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, he was educated at Baptist Day School, Port Harcourt, 1947-1954; Baptist High School, Port Harcourt, 1955-1959; Holy Family College, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, 1960-1961; University of Toronto, Canada, 1962-1966; Columbia University, New York, USA, 1966-1971. Ofonagoro started his career as a teacher at Baptist High School, Port Harcourt, 1962; assistant professor of History, Columbia University, New York, USA; director-general, Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, 1983; secretary, National Constitutional Conference, 1995. He was minister for information and culture, 1995-1998.
Mohammed Yahaya, retired Air Vice Marshal, 73, June 28. Born in Adoka, Otukpo local government area, Benue State, he participated in the Arizona Technical Instructors’ course in the United States Air Force, 1967-1968; Upper Iowa State University, USA; Royal Air Force, 1972; National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, 1979-1980. He was commissioned as pilot and officer in 1967; officer commanding, Radar, Nigeria Air Force, Kano, 1969; staff officer engineer, NAF Headquarters, Lagos, 1970; defence adviser, Nigerian Embassy, Moscow, USSR, 1976-1978; Air officer commanding, Tactical Command, NAF, Makurdi, 1984-1988. Yahaya was appointed sole administrator, Federal Government Mass Transit Programme, 1988-1989; minister of industries, 1989. He is a fellow, Nigeria Institute of Management, NIM.
Kpadoo Manger Kura, philanthropist and chief nursing officer, 55, June 25. Born in Zaki Biam, Katsina Ala local government area, Benue State, she was educated at the NKST Primary School, Zaki Biam, 1966-1972; NKST Secondary School, Zaki Biam, 1973-1977; School of Midwifery, Makurdi, 1980-1982; College of Nursing, Kafanchan, Kaduna State, 1990-1991; Benue State University, Makurdi, 2000-2003. Kura began her working career with the Benue State Government Hospital Management Board as nursing officer in 1982. She was absorbed by the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Makurdi in 1995, when it was established and from there she rose to the position of chief nursing officer.
— Jun 29, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT