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Aliko Dangote
Dangote

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Aliko Dangote, businessman, industrialist, 58, April 10. Born in Kano State, he was educated at the Kano Capital School, Kano; Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State; Alzabal University, Cairo, Egypt. He was appointed business associate, Alhassan Dantata and sons, 1970-1977. He has been managing director/chief executive, Dangote Group of Companies since 1977. He is also the managing director, Blue-Star Shipping Company; Blue-Star Investment, United Kingdom; Blue-Star Services Company Limited and Greenview International Company, Ghana. He is a member, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN. He was honoured with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010.

David Mark
Mark

David Alechenu Mark, retired army brigadier-general and Senate president, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 67, April 8. Born in Otukpo, Benue State, he was educated at the Nigeria Military School, Zaria, and the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna. Mark was military governor of Niger State, 1984-1986. He was commander, Army Corps of Signals, 1986-1987; minister of communications 1987. He was a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, AFRC, 1986-1989. Mark retired from the army in 1993, and was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999 and re-elected four times since then on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Comet Uchechukwu Ojiabor, chartered accountant and certified fraud examiner, 53, April 7. Born in Isuikwuato, Abia State, he was educated at Amiyi Obinohia Community School, Isuikwuato, Abia State; Central Advancement College, Kaduna, and the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State. He is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN. Ojiabor, who recently earned a Six Sigma Certification from Aveta Business Institute in the United States, is currently the founding managing director/chief Fraud Examiner for Accesway Consulting Limited, Ikeja, Lagos.

Gabriel Pascal Dozie
Dozie

Gabriel Pascal Dozie, economist and banker, 76, April 9. Born in Owerri, Imo State, he was educated at London School of Economics, UK, 1966; City University, London, UK. He was appointed economist, National Economic Development Office, NECO, UK, 1968-1969; chairman/chief executive officer, African Development Consulting Group Limited, 1972; senior consultant and representative in Nigeria, Business International, Geneva, 1972-1978; chairman/chief executive officer, Diamond Bank, 1991, and retired as chairman of the bank in 2009. Dozie was a member of audit panel, Nigeria Airways, 1985; director, United Bank for Africa; chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group. Dozie is also the chairman of MTN Nigeria.

Tom Ikimi
Ikimi

Tom Ikimi, architect, politician and administrator, 71, April 10. Born in Kumba, West Cameroon, he was educated at St Joseph’s College, Buea, 1957-1961; Midwest Polytechnic, now Auchi Polytechnic; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1973. Ikimi started his civil service career with the former Midwest Ministry of Works; was chairman, Tomline Engineering Company Limited, Benin, Edo State; nominated member, Constituent Assembly, 1988-1989; chairman, National Republican Convention, NRC, 1989-1993; minister of foreign affairs, 1994-1998; Ikimi, who is one of the leaders of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, holds the traditional titles of Inneh of Igueben; Akinrogun of Ife, and a member of Ikoyi Club among others.

Sylvester Onoja
Onoja

Sylvester Onoja, educationist, administrator and former principal, King’s College, Lagos, 69, April 10. Born in Imane, Kogi State, he was educated at Native Authority Senior Primary School, Ofugo, Kogi State; Our Lady of Schools’ Teachers College, Anyigba; Advanced Teachers’ College, Zaria; University of Dakar, Senegal; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Onoja was employed as lecturer, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1975-1977; principal, St Peter’s College, Idah, 1977-1982; commissioner, Benue State Teaching Service Commission, 1982-1984; vice-principal, Federal School of Arts and Science, Suleja, Niger State; deputy director, National Educational Technology Centre, Kaduna; member, Board of Directors, Benue Printing and Publishing Corporation, Makurdi; acting director, National Educational Technology Centre, Kaduna, 1987. Onoja, who was commissioner for education in 2007 in Kogi State, was appointed by the federal government to head the committee assigned to upgrade facilities in unity schools in Nigeria.

— Apr. 20, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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