Major-General Mamman Tsoho Kontagora (rtd), is dead.
He passed on last night at the National Hospital. Until his death, he was the deputy Chairman of SURE - P in charge of Project Delivery. He was one time Minister of the FCT and Sole Administrator of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he was fondly referred to as "Uncle K" by students who were found of him especially his effort to sanitize ABU.
Kontagora a stellar soldier, a peoples General and a distinguished gentleman whose military career spanned over 35 years of service. 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)
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.
Until his death he was 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 the incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. He is married with children and his hobbies are Working, Reading, Horse Riding and Gardening.