HABIB, Alhaji Abba

Biography Entry: MINISTER OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY Abba Habib was bom in 1914 in Dikwa in the present Borno State. He was a ShuwaArab born into a family of Malams and Administrators. His father was the District Head of Amchaka. Abba Habib was educated in a number of schools including the Borno Middle School and Katsina College 1928 1933. Before Abba Habib took up politics he was a teacherper-excellence. His teaching career started in the Maiduguri Middle School then Kaduna College and later Zaria Middle School. He left teachingfinally in 1948 to return to Dikwa NAjirst as Chief Scribe and later as the District Head of Bama. Then in 1950 he leftDistrictHeadship as he asked to be relieved to be Development Secretary in the Dikwa Division. As a politician, he was elected into the Northern House of Assembly in 1952. It should be noted that while in Kaduna precisely in 1942, Abba Habib was part of the Nigerian Youth Cong-ess which later metamorphosed into the NCNC. His political career got a boost in 1954 when he was appointed Minister for Trade and Industry which was a new Ministry in Kaduna. He was a party strategist and a major NPC stalwart in the Borno geographical area. He was also elected the Auditor of the Northern Peoples Congress in 1954 at the party 'sjos Convention. He however resigned his Ministership in 1959 and became the Wasfri of Dikwa. It was in this position that he offered tremendous help to the Northern Regional Government during the plebiscite 1959 1960. He remained the Wa^iri of Dikwa until 1971 when he retired. He was however appointed theNorth-East Commissioner in the Local Government Service Board in 1972 andin 1974 transferred to the Public Service Commission North Eastern State. That sameyear 1974, he was appointed to the Chad Basin Development Authority and became its Chairman later in 1979.
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