BORNU, Alhaji Aliyu Mai

Born 1919




B.Sc Economics

GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA Bom in 1919 of Kanuri and Fulaniparents. Aliyufound himself in Yola Elementary School automatically without anyparental decision or wish, but by the Native Authority's demand Hisfather, Malam Muhammadu Mai Bornu although a Councilor in the Lamido's Council at that time and one of the Lawmakers ofthe Emirate never realised the "greater tomorrow" which the opportunity offree education in both the Elementary andMiddle Schools wouldyield He was only asked by the Native Authority to senda child to the School when Aliyu was of school age. The title Mai Bornu indicates the origin of hisfather. Unfortunately thefather died in March, 1932just eight months afterAliyu's admission to the Elementary School. After overfouryears in the Elementary School he was transferred to Yola Middle Schoolforanotherfouryears (1934-38) Having attained the highest educational standard obtainable in his home, he entered the then Kaduna College during the second half of 1938 andpassed out in 1942, having qualified as an English Teacher. It wasformerly the old Katsina Higher College which produced leading Northern Statesmen of yesterday and today the College was later renamed Zaria Secondary School when it shifted to Zaria. Ukemost leading Statesmen of Northern Nigeria origin, Malam Aliyu returned to one of his old Schools asa teacher. From 1942to 1946, he was English Master at Yola Middle School before being transferred to Kaduna College where he spent six years inthe same capacity; it was during thisperiod that he matriculated. Infact, he never rested on his oars inhis studies during this chalk and talk profession. His return to Yola Middle School in 1952 as Deputy Headmaster seemed to be the signalforthe last lap of hispedagogic career. After leaving Yola in April, 1954, he spent afew months as House Tutor atthe Veterinary School in Vom beforeproceeding to Bristol University in September, Malam Aliyu graduated in Economics in 1957. Entering the second stage of his career, Malam Aliyu started as Assistant Secretary in the Northern Nigeria Public Service. From Oaober, 1957 to December, 1959, he serve in various capacities in the office of the Public Service Commission and the Ministries of Finance, and Trade and Industry. In 1959, hejoined the Central Bank as Assistant to the Secretary running thegamutfrom Assistant Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Secretary and to thepost of Deputy Governor Central Bank of Nigeria in 1962. Governor, Bank of Nigeria, 1963-67 and also Acting Governor, International Monetary FundforNigeria. After joining the bank he took a course in the Bank of England to study the operations of state Bank. Hewas at the centre of the Bank's administration, co-ordinating thefunctions of the Secretary's, General Manager's and Research Department. He retiredfrom the bank in July, 1967, and was appointed Director and GeneralManager ofNigerian Tobacco Company in the North. Alhaji Aliyu resigned his appointment with the NTC in 1969, but until his Death on Monday February 23, 1970, he was a member of its Board of Direaors.
Gender: Male
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State of Origin: Adamawa State
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Profession Banker , Administrator , Public Servant , Teacher
Working Experience Teacher at Yola Middle School from 1942–1946, teacher at Kaduna College (1946–1952), Tutor at the Veterinary School in Vom,.Administrative Officer with the Northern Nigeria Public Service (1957–1959),On July 25, 1963, Mai-Bornu was appointed Governor of the Central Bank (1963–1967), Nigerian Tobacco Company (1967–1969).
Previous Appointments:

1. Governor of the Central Bank (1963–1967)
2′ Nigerian Tobacco Company (1967–1969).
3. Northern Nigeria Public Service (1957–1959)
4. yola Middle School from 1942–1946
5. Kaduna College (1946–1952)
6. Veterinary School in Vom

Northern Teachers Association

Yola Elementary School,Yola Middle School, Kaduna College in 1938-1942, Bristol University in the United Kingdom graduating in 1957

1. Centenary Award

First indigenous Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

23 February 1970
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