By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli
Musa Gwadabe, who served as Labour and Productivity Minister under President Olusegun Obasanjo, has died at the age of 87.
It was reported that the late elder statesman is believed to have died in Kano early Wednesday’s morning.
Late Gwadabe was born in Dambatta on 10th May, 1936.
He attended the prestigious Kano Middle School (The Rumfa College), Zaria Cooperative Training Center, New York Business School, and the University of Florida at Fort Lauderdale USA.
He began his working career with the Local Education Authority as a Primary school teacher and moved to Kano Native authority as finance clerk.
From 1964-68 he worked as Co-operative Inspector with the social and cooperative ministry, and as depot supervisor Northern Nigeria Marketing Board.
After a one-year sojourn in the USA as salesman with SEARS and Roeback, he joined the ministry of trade as commercial officer, group estate manager KSIP as well as Investment Executive before he was appointed Secretary to the civilian government of PRP from 1981-1984.
During the military era, Mr Gwadabe was appointed Director and chairman at Nigerian Coal Corporation and National Economic Reconstruction Fund NERFUD respectively between 1990-1994.
In the year 1999, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him Minister of Solid Minerals Development and later reassigned him to the Ministry of Employment, Labor and Productivity.
Mr Gwadabe was a recipient of numerous awards and honours, among which are the Order of the Federal Republic, OFR, and the HADIMIN KANO, HKN.
Late Gwadabe was a long-time associate of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.