Ex Minister of Health, Arc. (Chief) Gabriel Yakubu Aduku Dies At 80

by Ohepo Ohepo

Nigeria Former Minister of Health, Arc. (Chief) Gabriel Yakubu Aduku, FNIA, PPNIA, Dies at age 80.

Gabriel Adukwu, a prominent unionist, democracy advocate, and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),

FNIA, PPNIA, OON, the previous health minister, has passed away.

According to sources, he was born on Thursday, February 3, 1944, in Anyigba, Dekina L.G.A. of Kogi State, to the family of Aduku Aguye Aga of the Ameh Ohiga clan. He passed away two weeks ago while traveling for medical treatment in the US.

During his tenure as President of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) from 1992 to 1997, he fostered the growth of a robust and virtuous organization that leads the Nigerian building industry in terms of member knowledge, professional credibility, and public and government respect.

One of his most significant accomplishments as ARCON President was getting the Councils of both ARCON and NIA to actively start monitoring architecture practices across the nation in order to put an end to any potential quacks. Professionals’ personal development plans, which included lectures and workshops, supported this.

His Love for His People

From his youth, he had always stood up for the rights of your people. He held positions as President of the Igala Students Association and, more recently, as Chairman of the Kogi East Elders Council (KEEC), a forum that you have regularly utilized to advocate for improved treatment of Igala/Bassa speaking people in all spheres of the zone’s social, economic, and political development within the larger framework of Kogi State and Nigeria.

Political Paragons

Certainly, as a man of many parts. Since your entry into politics in 1989, you have successfully navigated the dark waters of Nigerian politics, despite several bumps along the way. In addition to his many other achievements to Nigeria’s political evolution, we are pleased and gratified to mention that, in 1994, while serving as the National Constitutional Conference’s Chairman of the Revenue Allocation Committee, you invented the 13% derivation formula, which is incorporated into the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. It’s also important to mention that you created

His nomination as a Cabinet minister by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2007 marked the pinnacle of his political career and patriotic service. Because of his unwavering professionalism and dedication to good governance in the ministry, the Minister of State for Health saw one of the most turbulent periods of your life due to false accusations made against him by opponents hoping to get you out of the way.


On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in their National Headquarters in Kaduna, the National Executive Council of the ACF confirmed his selection as the organization’s leader of the pan-northern socio-political organization, the Arewa Consultative Forum.

Following a meeting, Mallam Bukar Zarmar, the Secretary of the ACF Leadership Selection Committee, announced to reporters that Chief Audu Ogbe, the outgoing Chairman, had been replaced by the new Chairman.


Arc. Chief Gabriel Yakubu Aduku, FNIA, PPNIA, PPARCON, OON. A Fellow and a past President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, currently The Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the Institute. A Chartered Architect and a Past President of Architect Registration Council of Nigeria.

A Prime Consultant and Executive Chairman of a reputable Architectural Practice – Archcon Nigeria, established over Five decades. Was once a Council Member of the International Union of Architects (UIA). A one-time Chairman, Nigerian Merchant Bank Limited, United Nigerian Insurance Company Plc. (UNIC) and Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority.

An elected Member and Chairman, Revenue Allocation Committee (the architect of the controversial, 13% derivation formula embedded in the 1999 National Constitution) of the 1994/95 Constitutional Conference. Former Nigerian Minister of State, Health and inducted into the Nigerian’s Construction Industry Hall of Fame. Since 1989 has been a very active participant in partisan politics of Nigeria.

His varied contributions to the economic, social and political growth of Igala Kingdom and the Nation, meritoriously earned him the Traditional Title of Amana-Ogohi 1 – Ata Igala and the National Honours Award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). His philanthropic gesture is cheerfully acknowledged in many needy circles. Married and blessed with children

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