Jubril Aminu

Jubril Aminu
Jubril Aminu. Photo: Sunday Trust

Jubril Aminu, Politician and educationist, also a cardiologist. In the event leading up to the Ali Must Go Students riot in 1978, Aminu as National Universities Commission, NUC Executive Secretary, asked the Supreme Military Council to introduce 50k per meal to augment the government subsides[i]. Showing versatility in his scholarship, Aminu played a significant role in representing and projecting Nigeria at the global stage.

Aminu was born August 25, 1932 in Song, Adamawa State. He had his primary education in Elementary School, Song, Adamawa, 1946-1949; Middle School, Yola, Adamawa, 1950-1951; Govemment College, now Barewa College, Zaria, 1952-1957; Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, now Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1958-1960; University of Ibadan, 1960-1965 and University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, 1965-1967. He then went to the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, 1967-1968: the National Heart Hospital London, 1969, and the Middlesex Medical College, London, 1969-1972.

He was clinical research fellow, the Medical Unit, The London Hospital Medical College, 1969-1972; consultant physician in the government of the defunct North-Eastem State, 1972-1973: lecturer and consultant, UCH, 1974-1975; executive secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, 1975-1979. He was appointed professor and head, department of medicine, University of Maiduguri, 1979: Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri. 1980- 1985, and ministry of education, 1985-1989 where he was also one of the influential members of military president, General Babangida’s cabinet. He was a two-time senator representing Adamawa State where he was reported as sponsoring no bill of his own, but only contributing to debates and motions[ii]. He was a board member of Newswatch Communications Limited[iii]. Jubril Aminu delivered the convocation lecture of Nigeria’s first private university, Igbinedion University, Okada, on November 28, 2003[iv].
[i] The News November 15, 2004

[ii] BluePrint May 1, 2020

[iii] Newswatch August 29, 2011

[iv] Tell December 23, 2003

Tope Apoola
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