Former minister Jerry Agada dies after brief illness

Former minister Jerry Agada dies after brief illness

- Nigeria has lost a prominent academic and political stakeholder, Professor Agada, to the cold hands of death

- Agada was said to have died at the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi a few weeks after being admitted

- The deceased occupied many key political positions, including serving as the minister of state for education

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Professor Jerry Agada, the chairman Benue State Civil Service Commission and former minister of state for education, has died at the age of 68.

According to a report by Vanguard, Agada died in the early hours of Tuesday, December 22, at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, the Benue state capital.

The former minister reportedly took ill two weeks ago and was on admission when he passed on, according to an undisclosed source.

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Jerry Agada: Former minister dies at 68
Former minister Jerry Agada dies after brief illness. Photo credits: Vanguard/Daily Trust
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The newspaper, however, noted that the deceased's family is yet to issue an official statement at the time its report was filed.

Professor Agada was born in 1952 at Orokam in Ogbadibo local government area of Benue state. He was appointed the executive secretary of Benue State Examinations Board in 1996.

He rose to the peak of his career and became the permanent secretary of Benue State Ministry of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture in 1999.

The deceased served in the same capacity in the Ministry of Education, Benue State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Benue State Bureau of Political Affairs before his retirement in 2006.

He also contested the governorship election in Benue in 2007.

In a related development, veteran journalist and well-respected newspaper columnist, Sam Nda-Isaiah has been declared dead.

Until his death, Nda-Isaiah was the publisher of Abuja-based Leadership newspapers.

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Family sources said he died around 11 pm on Friday, December 12 at the age of 58.

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In his reaction to Nda-Isaiah's death, President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with the media fraternity, friends, and family of Nda-Isaiah of the renowned columnist.

The Nigerian leader while expressing shock and sadness at the passing of the Leadership Newspapers publisher described Nda-Isaiah as a friend and ally.

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