Prof Muhammad Gidado Tahir, the first Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has passed on.
According to the source close to the family he died on Wednesday night. His janaza (funeral prayer) will take place at the National Mosque Abuja immediately after zuhr prayer.
Until his passage, he was the Chairman, Board of National Commission for Nonadic Education (NCNE). He was also a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), University of Abuja.
Muhammad Gidado Tahir was born on December, 29th, 1949, in Toungo town, in Adamawa State.
He attended the Church of the Brethren Mission Secondary School in Waka, Biu, in the old Borno Province, between 1956 and 1967 after which He was admitted to Government Secondary, Bauchi, in the then Bauchi Province to pursue a Cambridge Higher School Certificate in 1968.
He proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1970. He had a combined honors degree in History and Education and upon graduation in 1974, he was posted to the then East Central State to do the National Service, where he taught at Achi Girls Secondary Secondary, Achi, in Awgu Division.
Gidado Tahir began his academic career as a graduate assistant at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in July 1975 and two years later secured admission and obtained fellowship as well as a scholarship to further his education in the field of Higher Education at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
He obtained MSc and Ph.D. in Higher and Continuing Education in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He returned to ABU Zaria to continue with his academic career focusing on teaching, research, and extension service. In 1984 he moved to the then University of Sokoto on a loan but later decided to fully transfer his services to that university.
He is survived by his wife, Hajiya Asma’u Gidado Tahir, children and grand children.