Biography/Profile/history Of Nigeria’s first Minister of Petroleum “Late Shettima Ali Monguno” C.F.R. (1926 – 8 July 2016)


Ali-MongunoThe Borno State Government on Friday announced the death of Alhaji Shettima Ali-Monguno a former Minister of Mines, Power and Petroleum.

Alhaji Jidda Shuwa the Secretary to the State Government, who announced this in a statement in Maiduguri, said the elder statesman died on Friday in Maiduguri

“It is with a deep sense of loss and profound sadness that we announce, on behalf of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Borno State and the Borno State Government, the passage of our father and distinguished Statesman, Alhaji (Dr.) Shettima Ali Monguno.

He said the deceased would be buried on Saturday in Maiduguri after a funeral prayer at 2 p.m. at his residence.

Shuwa prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and his family and entire people of Borno the fortitude to bear the loss.


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.MONGUNO

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

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.


  • 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


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