First Civilian Governor of Old Kwara State, Adamu Attah dies as 88

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Elder-statesman and Former Executive Governor of old Kwara State, Alhaji Adamu Attah is dead.

First Civilian Governor of Old Kwara State - Adamu Attah
First Civilian Governor of Old Kwara State – Adamu Attah

The late Governor died at his residence in the early hours of yesterday in Abuja after a protracted illness which kept him out of circulation for some times now. He died at age of 88.

The Family sources disclosed that late Alhaji Adamu Attah would buried at his home town in Okene,Okene Local government of Kogi state.

At the family House in Okene, family members, friends and sympathizers from near far were seen already waiting for the remains of the late ex-governor of Old Kwara state for final burial.

Late Adamu Attah was the first executive governor of Old Kwara between 1979 and 1983.

The Deceased was said to have be indisposed for quite some times and have been staying in Abuja where he being attended to by his children.

He was son of warrant Chief Ibrahima Attah, whom the British granted wide powers under the Native Authority system, which undermined the traditional process for selection of a leader in the community.

He became the first civilian governor of the old Kwara state, representing the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), although he came from a minority ethnic group.

In January 1967, he was permanent secretary for the federal Ministry of Finance, and was in the discussions with the Soviet Union over possible development loans.

He was also a member of the 1976 constituent assembly. His impact as governor will linger on as his laudable achievements in the present day Ebira land can not be over emphasized.

During his administration as the then Kwara State governor, Secondary schools in Ebira land rose from six (6) to thirty eight (38).

His regime brought about the School of Nursing (now College of Nursing, Obangede), the Specialist hospital, Obangede; The Osara Campus of the present Kogi Polytechnic; the construction of the Okene-Kuroko-Itakpe road, electrification of several communities,numerous empowerment programmes benefited by many Ebira people among others.

His administration was also responsible for the creation of Local Government Areas like Adavi, Ageva and others which were later scrapped by the Buhari Administration.

Adamu Atta is a polo enthusiast, and owner of the Fifth Chukker Club and Resorts. The 2008 annual IWC Laureus Polo Cup in England was won by the Laureus Team in a close match against the Julius Baer Team. Highlights were goals scored by Miquel Novillo Astrada (Team Laureus) and Adamu Atta (Team Julius Baer) hammered in from 80 yards.

His team was a strong contender in the 2009 Katsina International Polo Tournament. He was a two times MVP award winner.

His burial ceremony which was held in his country home attracted people from across the country.

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