On Friday, August 13, 2021, Nigeria mourned the loss of Ahmed Joda, a highly esteemed former administrator. Born on February 13, 1930, in Yola, Nigeria, he dedicated his life to public service, reaching the position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industries before his retirement. Let’s take a closer look at the life and achievements of this remarkable individual.
Ahmed Joda Early Life and Education:
Ahmed Joda hailed from Yola, a city in Northern Nigeria, where he spent his formative years with his family. His family had a proud lineage, tracing back to his great-great-grandfather, Modibbo Raji, a renowned 19th-century scholar who was also a contemporary of Sheik Usman Dan Fodio. Ahmed began his educational journey at Yola Elementary School and later attended Yola Middle School, followed by Barewa College. Seeking further knowledge, he pursued studies at Pitmans College in London.
Ahmed Joda Career:
Ahmed Joda’s career was marked by excellence and dedication. During the administration of Yakubu Gowon, he was recognized as one of the influential “super Permanent Secretaries.” Before his tenure as a Permanent Secretary, Ahmed worked as an agricultural officer in Moor Plantation, Ibadan, and Yola. His passion for journalism led him to contribute to Gaskiya Corporation in Zaria and serve as a correspondent at the Nigerian Broadcasting Service.