The retired general died on Wednesday night. A former army general and major player during Nigeria’s decades of military rule, Major General Mamman Kontagora, is dead. Mr. Kontagora, born on April 20, 1944, died on Wednesday night according to a statement by the Governors Forum. The deceased is from Kontagora in Niger State
and was a former military administrator of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar. He retired soldier cum politician, 69, was also a former works minister during the regime of Ibrahim Babangida. He vied for the Peoples Democratic Party
presidential ticket in 2007.
Major-General Mamman Tsoho Kontagora was born on the 20th April 1944 in Kontagora, Kontagora Local Government in Niger State, Nigeria. He attended Central Primary School Kontagora between 1952 – 1958. Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna 1964 – 1967. Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the Ahmedu Bello University, Zaria between 1967 – 1972.
He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School Monterry CA, USA and United State Army War College, Carlisle PA, USA. The brief period when Kontagora was in charge of the FCT saw a boom in construction of housing and infrastructure.
He ceded a strategic plot next to the International Conference centre to the Abuja Horticultural Society to develop as a world standard park, now the Abuja International Peace Park, finally opened in 2003.
He has received many awards and citations which are too numerous to mention but among which are;
Award of Distinction: Nigerian Society of Engineers
International Fellow, United State Army War College (USAWC)
Outstanding Public Service Award: Success Digest Forum 1988
First Niger State College of Education Academic State Union Award for the most outstanding Governing Council Chairman in Niger State 6th December 1995
Commander of the Order of Niger (CON)
Kontagora was a one time Commanding Officer 11 Field Engineer Regiment Kaduna, Commander Nigeria Army Engineer Brigade (Ibadan), Commander Nigeria Army Engineer Brigade (Jos), Commander Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering (New Bussa).
Major-General Kontagora was once a Minister, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Minister, Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Director of Quartering and Engineering Services (Army), Chairman Implementation Committee on Army Projects (ICAP), Chairman Kontagora Emirate Development Association (KEDA), Chairman Presidential Monitoring Committee (PMC) on the Development of Stadia towards the Hosting of World Youth Football Championships: Nigeria 95, Chairman Governing Council Niger State Polytechnic Zungeru, Niger State, Chairman Administrative Audit Panel on Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Sole Administrator, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Chairman Implementation of White Paper – Niger State Government.
Before his death, he was the Chairman Implementation Sub-Committee: Kontagora Emirate Education Development Committee (KEEDEC). Chairman Government College Kaduna Management Board and also the appointed Deputy Chairman of the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Committee which was inaugurated on the 14th February 2012 by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.