Alhaji Aliyu Akwe-Doma, a former governor of Nasarawa State is dead.

Family members said the former governor died Tuesday at an Israeli hospital after a brief illness. 

He was 75 years old.

Former Nasarawa Governor, Aliyu Akwe-Doma

Ahmed Bako, a nephew to the deceased confirmed the death of Akwe Doma to journalists.

Sympathizers are already gathering in the deceased Abuja residence in Orozo, Karshi district of Abuja.

Aliyu Akwe Doma, was born on 1 September 1942 in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State to parents from the Alago Ethnic group.

He completed his primary education in Doma Junior Primary School and Lafia Senior Primary School respectively between 1951 and 1957.

He proceeded to Government Secondary School, Katsina Ala and the Higher Teachers’ Training College, Gombe, where he obtained the Grade II teacher’s certificate in 1963.

He attended the University of Ibadan from 1964 to1966, the British Drama League, London, England in1968 and the World Tourism Organization, Centre for Advanced Tourism Studies, Turin, Italy in 1973.

He also attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna state in 1976, and Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma in 2002 where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Aliyu Doma ran successfully for election as governor of Nasarawa State in April 2007 on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, taking office on 29 May 2007.

He ran for a second term in office in April 2011, but lost to Umar Tanko Al-Makura, the candidate of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Before he joined politics, he worked in the old Plateau State civil service, where he rose to become Permanent Secretary in several departments between 1976 and 1983.

As a businessman, the late governor was Chairman of Oriya Group of Companies in 1984, Chairman of Integrated Tourism Consultants in 2003 among others.  

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