By Our Reporter with agency reports
A former Minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Thursday died in an Abuja hospital. He was aged 84. A family source confirmed the passage of the elder statesman.
He was born on 20 November 1934 in Potiskum, Yobe State.
A founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he was finance minister from 1999 to 2003 during the first tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He was one-time editor of New Nigerian Newspapers, Kaduna. Ciroma was the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from September 1975 to June 1977.
Upon the return to civilian rule in 1979, Ciroma was a Presidential aspirant under the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and was believed to be sponsored by the dreaded “Kaduna Mafia.” He came third in the primary election behind Shehu Shagari and Maitama Sule.
He later served the Shagari regime at various times as Minister for Industries, Agriculture and Finance and played pivotal roles in the implementation of President Shagari’s agenda especially in the areas of food production and working with international agencies to develop an Agricultural Development Project (ADP).