As we continue the demise of our late President,Alhaja Shehu Shagari.We have outlined some important timeline in his tenure as Nigeria’s President.
- 1979, October 17: President Shehu Shagari submitted the list of 33 ministers to the Senate for approval. The Ministers in accordance with the Constitution are drawn from all the States of the Federation. Twenty-four of them are of cabinet rank while 14 are of non-cabinet rank. Of the cabinet of ministers, two each are picked from Benue, Kaduna, Anambra, Imo and Plateau States. Others are drawn from each state. The following is the full list of the ministers: FEDERAL CABINET MINISTRIES: Anambra, Mr. D.C. Ugwu, Mr. Chimezie Ikeazor; Bauchi, Mr. M.I Hassan; Brono, Mr. Adamu Ciroma; Bendel, Mr. I.A. Emina; Benue, Mr. I. Shaahu, Mr. Paul Unongo; Cross River, Prof. S.M. Essang; Gongola, Prof. Iya Abubakar; Imo, Dr. Sylvester Ugoh, Dr. I. I. Maduike; Kaduna Alhaji U. Dikko, Prof. Ishaya Audu; Kano, Alhaji B.M. Yusuf; Kwara, Alhaji A. Oniyangi; Lagos, Dr. W.O. Dosunmu; Niger, Alhaji N. Mamudu; Ogun, Mrs. A.E. Oyagbola; Ondo, Mr. S.A. Ogedengbe; Oyo, Chief R.O. Akinjide; Plateau, Mr. J.J. Kadiya; Rivers, Mr, Victor Masi: Sokoto, Alhaji I. Gusau. NON-CABINET MINISTERS: Bauchi, Alhaji Ahmed Musa; Bendel, Chief Bolokor; Borno, Alhaji A. Jarma; Cross River, Chief E. Okoi-Obuli; Gongola, Alhaji Ali Baba; Kaduna, M.l.A. Dan-Musa; Kano, Alhaji B. Usman; Kwara, Mallam M.A. Makele; Lagos Mr. A. Thomas; Ogun, Chief Olu Awotesu; Ondo, Mr. C.A. Bamgboye, Oyo, Chief (Mrs.) J. Akinrinade; Rivers, Dr. J. Igbani; Sokoto, Alhaji Mahu.
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- 1979, October 22: President Shehu Shagari swore-in new permanent secretaries and laid down a firm guideline for them in the performance of their duties. The President expects them to possess a sense of purpose, to be creative, to keep good and decent company, to give responsible leadership by example, be dedicated to duty and show loyalty to the government and the nation. He warned the 31 permanent Secretaries that if any of them breached the code of conduct, he would be disciplined.
- 1979, November 15: President Shehu Shagari said in Lagos that he has no objection to the amendment of our constitution on the issue of freedom of the Press. The President was speaking at the State House, Ribadu Road, after an eight-man team of the Nigerian Guild of Editors presented a memorandum on issues affecting the operation of the Press. The Guild of Editors requested the President as â€œthe primary proposer of legislation, chief lobbyist, diplomat-in-chief and Nigeriaâ€™s number one citizenâ€ to initiate a bill to the effect that the National Assembly shall make no laws to abrogate the freedom of expression and freedom of the Press. President Shagari said he would accept such an amendment if it had the support of the majority of the legislators, but added that the initiative should not come from the executive but from the legislature.
- 1980, February 6: The President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, received in audience, the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Mr. Shridat Rampal. While exchanging views with the visiting Secretary-General, the President expressed the hope that an amicable settlement would be achieved in Zimbabwe
- 1980, February 19: The president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, in the course of his official visit to Bendel state, visited the Aladja steel project to see the progress so far made in the project construction.
- 1980, February 27: President Shehu Shagari made his first official visits out side Nigeria to Republic of Benin.
- 1980, February 28: The President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari met the representatives of the Nigerian Community in Cotonou, during his one day official visit to Benin Republic. Later at a press conference held in Cotonou at the end of his one-day visit, the President expressed satisfaction with the progress made on the various aspects of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Benin republic. He made particular reference to the joint partnership between the two countries in cement, sugar and road projects and expressed happiness that some of them had come to fruition.
- 1980, March 5: President Shehu Shagari gave a directive that two million naira worth of relief materials should be distributed to the oil spillage areas of the Niger Delta. Another report says the federal Minister of housing and Environment Dr. Wahab Dosunmu and a separate three-man team of relief officials have started a tour of areas affected by the oil spillage.
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- 1980, October 7: President Shehu Shagari visited the United States of America and was hosted by President Jimmy Carter.
- 1980, October 17: President Shehu Shagari presented his cabinet list for approval to the Senate.
- 1980, October 25: President Shagari commissioned the Kaduna Oil refinery built at the cost of N503 million.
- 1980, November 22: President Shehu Shagari held first meeting with his National Council of State.
- 1981, November 1: President Shehu Shagari laid foundation stone of the Jos Steel Rolling Mill.
- 1981, December 17: President Shehu Shagari proposed N10.9 billion in the 1982 budget.
- 1981, November 3: President Shagari declared open the first made in Nigeria Consumer and Industrial Goods Trade Fair in Lagos.
- 1983, December 31: Military coup in Nigeria ended the second term of President Shehu Shagari in office.
- 1984, January 3: Deposed president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, was flown from Kaduna to Lagos amidst water-tight security.
He died December 28, 2018 at the National Hospital, Abuja At 7:03pm