SHETTIMA ALI MONGUNO (1926 – 8 July, 2016) -Anonymous Writer
Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno died on Friday in Maiduguri at the very ripe age of 90.
I know you want to know who he was.
Well he was a politician of 1st and 2nd Republic about whom I think many politicians today should learn. He was a man of , not just high but very high integrity.
In 1974, as Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Shettima wanted to build his personal house in Maiduguri. He applied to the bank for a loan of N40,000. The bank wanted a guarantor. He approached his boss, General Yakubu Gowon, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief, for a letter to this effect. Gowon refused, saying that it would amount to abuse of office for him to allow him take a loan to build the house.
End of story.
Shettima mulled his options.
Julius Berger was already well established then. He approached them to build the house for him.
On one condition.
JB would build the house and then rent it out for the number of years it would take to recover the N40k.
Shettima agreed. That was how he built his bungalow in Maiduguri.
Wait a minute.
He was Minister of Petroleum Resources then.
He was President of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.
Yet he didn’t have the resources to build a house!
He could only do it via a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) arrangement with JB.
Why can’t we have such men in power today again?
The answer is known to you and I.
Meanwhile, adieu Shettima Ali Monguno!
May God Change Our Current Leaders’ Mind to Goodness.
Shettima Ali Monguno
(According to Wikipedia)
Shettima Ali Monguno C.F.R. (1926 – 8 July 2016) was a Nigerian educationalist and politician, born 1926 in Monguno-Borno state. He attended Monguno primary school, Teacher’s College Bauchi and Katsina, college of arts, science and technology Zaria, Moray House college of education and the University of Edinburgh.
He was M.P. in 1959, education secretary and councilor for education, works and social welfare Borno, local Government 1959-65. Federal minister for Air Force and internal affair 1965-66, federal commissioner for trade and industries 1967-71 minister mines and power, petroleum and energy 1972-75.
Shettima Ali Monguno was also President, OPEC, 1972/1973. he was Presidential Candidate during the Option A4 Elections in the early 1990s in Nigeria.
He is leader of Nigerian delegation to UNCAD II New Delhi in 1968 and member Nigerian delegation to United Nations for over 10 years.
He received keys to the cities of New York, Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Quito, Ecuador; and Lima, Peru. He died in Maiduguri on 8 July 2016
About the Key to City
In some countries, such as the United States, an ornamental key – the “Key to the City” – is presented to esteemed visitors, residents, or others whom the city wishes to honour. This practice is a variation on the Freedom of the City tradition, and has a similar symbolic meaning; evoking medieval walled cities, the gates of which would be guarded during the day and locked at night, the key symbolises the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of city residents.
Chairman Maiduguri Metropolitan Council 1977-78.
Member Constituent Assembly 1977-78
President of OPEC 1972-73
Pro-chancellor University of Calabar 1978-80
Pro-chancellor University of Nigeria 1980-84
National honors Ethiopian Empire, Republic of Egypt, Sudan and Cameroon 1970
Trustee Girl Guides Association of Nigeria 1970-90
Deputy National Chairman National Party of Nigeria December 1980-84
Conferred National Honor – Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic CFR 1982
Director Nigbel Bank Nigeria ltd 1988
Chairman Borno Education Endowment Fund 1986
Hon. Road Marshall
Hon. Citizen of Oklahoma State, USA
D.F. of WAEC Council Award 2003