PATEGI, Alhaji Ahman Galadiman



MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AlhajAhman Galadiman Pategi was born in 1914 in Pategi in the present Kwara State into a family of Islamic Religious adherents. His fatherwas a traditionalCouncillor andtraditionaltitle holder NdejiPategi Malam Mammasaba who was actually the Pategi NA.. Traditional Chief Councillor. Ahman started his early education in Islamic Schools at home and crowned his educational pursuit with the acquisition of Middle Four Certificate in 1932. Because of his father's position in the Pategi tradtional society, it was not difficult to start a career in the NA culminating into his appointment as theNA Chief Scribe between 1952 and 1954 from where he became the Development Secretary, Lafiagi Division in theyear 1954. That sameyear, Ahman Pategi was in the United Kingdom to attend a Local Government course. On the political front, he was not only a member of the reigningparty in theNorththe NPC, he became the President of the Pategi Branch and remained a member of Pategi NA. Council. Later he was appointed the General Secretary of the NPC. Alhaji Ahman Galadiman Pategi was so strong in the Party that no opposition was ever recorded in elections featuring his name. Alhaji Ahman was appointed Minister in the North's Cabinet of 1959 1966, and posted to the Ministry of Agriculture. After the coup of 1966, he was appointed Kwara State Commissionerfor Home Affairs and Information and Chairman of the State 'sArts Council. He also served the Pategi Local Government in various capacities. At a time he was Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kwara State Printing and Publishing Corporation. Prior to that he had been Secretary to the Etsu of Pategi and Chief Scribe, Education, Manpower and Councillor for Education. It was in that position that he stepped up the campaign on the importance of Western education among his people. He was an old war horse who kept serving the country until his death on the 17 th of July, 1977 in a London Hospital.
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