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Ex-Minister Of Petroleum, Chu Okongwu Dies At 87



A former Minister of Petroleum, Chu Okongwu, has died at the age of 87.

Naija News gathered that the octogenarian died on Wednesday morning in his country home in Nnewi, Anambra State after a brief illness.

Okongwu was the Minister of Finance during the administration of the former military Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida and later became the Minister of National Planning.

The late former minister, who trained as an economist, subsequently served as the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, and later, as the Minister of Petroleum.

Okongwu’s Biography

Okongwu, the first of eight children, was born on September 23, 1934, in Anambra State, South-East Nigeria.

He attended St. Michael’s School, Aba between 1941 and 1946. From there, he moved to Government College, Umuahia and was a student there from 1947 till 1951.

He studied economic theory at Boston University and completed the degree in 1961. He also attended Harvard University from 1961 to 1965.


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