Former petroleum minister, Tam David-West dies at 83

Former Minister of Petroleum of Energy, Tam David-West is dead.

Former Petroleum minister, Tam David-West dies at 83
Former Petroleum minister, Tam David-West dies at 83


David-West served as Minister of Petroleum and Energy under President Muhammadu Buhari’s military regime.

He also served as Minister of Mines, Power and Steel under former military President Ibrahim Babangida. He was a consultant virologist of national and international standing.

He died Monday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan at the age of 83 years. David-West was born in Buguma, Kalabari, Rivers State.

He worked as lecturer and became a professor at the University of Ibadan where he lived and died. He joined the university in 1969 and became professor of virology in 1975.

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Reacting to the news of his death, President Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, expressed deep sorrow at the passage of David-West, whom he described as his “ally and friend’.

David-West was a strong supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, he will be remembered for his strong views on national issues and how he brought historical perspectives to proffer solutions to national crises.

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