Timi Alaibe condoles Tambuwal over Garba Nadama’s death

Timi Alaibe

Former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe, has condoled with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State over the death former Governor Garba Nadama.

Nadama died on Monday at the age of 82 after a protracted illness and was buried on Tuesday according to Islamic rites.

In a letter addressed to Governor Tambuwal, Mr Alaibe said it was “with a deep sense of loss that I received the news of the transition to eternal glory of a senior friend, a colleague, a statesman and former governor of Sokoto State.”

Nadama had a stint as governor from January 1982 to November 1983.

“There is no doubt that Dr. Nadama will be missed not just by the government and people of Sokoto State but also by the generality of Nigerians.

“As a former governor of the state, his place in history cannot be erased.

“His departure comes at a time when his state and indeed the nation would need his wealth of knowledge as an elder statesman in solving most of our pressing challenges.

“The real character of the deceased and his invaluable contributions to the growth and development of Nigeria and Sokoto State is summarised in the quality of upbringing and depth of accomplishment of his children who have exhibited rare courage, intellect and presence in the military, medicine, politics and banking sectors,” Alaibe said.

He also recalled the contributions of the deceased to the NDDC.

“Dr. Nadama was a member of the first and second Boards of Directors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from December 21, 2000 to April 2009.

“He was an active participant in the board’s team that supervised the process that led to the design of an integrated strategy for the development of the Niger Delta and the eventual production of the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan.

“I enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with him; always sharing and deploying his wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic decision-making during the period he served.

“Surely, his family, comprising his four loving wives, his children and grandchildren will greatly miss him. Kindly extend my condolences to them and members of the state executive council.

“We are all affected by the departure of our elder statesman and former governor, Dr. Nadama.

“May God grant his soul eternal rest in glory,” Alaibe’s letter concluded.