YAHAYA, Mallam Dikko




EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, NIGER DAMS AUTHORITY GENERAL MANAGER NEPA He was born in 1932 in the old city of Zaria to AlhajiAbdul-Rahman Dikko, Turaki Babba of Zaria and District, He went to the Unguwar juma Primary School from 1938 to 1942, Zaria Middle School from 1944,and the famous Kaduna College where he distinguished himself. He went to work with the Electricity Corporation of' Nigeria ECN, (Now NEPA) between 1949 and 1953 in at that time he was the Officer in charge of the Stations in Sokoto, he attended a course at the Yaba Technical College, Lagos. which he did in Norwood College of Technology and Brighton College of Technology from where he got the Higher certificate in 1958. He immediately put to practice his newly acquired knowledge, he worked in The METROPOLITAN VICKEERS in Manchester. When he returned to Nigeria in 1960, he went back to the ECN, this time as a full Engineer in Lagos. He was thereafter a member of the fellowship of the institute of Electrical Engineers It was from this position that the Federal Government appointed him the Executive Secretary of the Niger Dams Authority. He demonstrated his qualified authority in Power Production especially as he was one of the cornerstone of Nigerian economy and the biggest of all the country'. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa'sbaly;'Now The first was to take the Railways to Maiduguri and the second the Kainj iDam." SirAbubakarTafawa Balewa in 1951 as the World Bank granted Nigeria Loans for the Kainji Dam. Alhaji Yahaya Dikko became the first General Manager, when the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria. ECN was merged with the Niger Dams Authority and served in the capacity between 1972 and 1979. From 1980 be served Nigeria as the Presidential Adviser on Petroleum and Energy and was there until the Shehu Shagari administration was toppled in 1983. While serving as Presidential Adviser the erudite engineer was President of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC. He was known to be competent, incorruptible, tolerant understanding and is remembered as one of the finest Civil Servants Nigeria ever produced. He died in London on the 1/ of November1991.
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