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Labour minister under Obasanjo, Graham-Douglas, dies at 82

Alabo Graham-Douglas, Nigeria’s former Minister of Labour and Productivity under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, has reportedly passed away.

The Rivers born politician was 82 years of age.

Although details of his death remain undisclosed, reports revealed that Graham-Douglas died on Monday at a hospital in Abuja.

He was born on 8 May 1939, in Abonnema in the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

His brother, Nabo Bekinbo Graham-Douglas, was the first indigenous Attorney-General of Nigeria.

Graham-Douglas worked with the Nigerian Petroleum Refinery Company, Port Harcourt (1969–1977). He became managing director of Togiscani Nigeria, a construction company (1978–1985) and CEO of Road Haulage Company and Magroad Enterprises.

He was also chairman of the Binterteco Nigeria, Pabod Finance and Investment and Waterglass Boat Yard.

In 2000, Graham-Douglas was appointed Provincial Grand Master of the Freemason’s Lodge in Calabar.

Graham-Douglas was appointed Nigerian Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in 1989, then Minister of Aviation in General Ibrahim Babangida’s cabinet.

In 1999, he served as Minister of Labour and Productivity, and in 2000, Minister of Tourism in the Olusegun Obasanjo cabinet, leaving office in January 2001.

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