Anthony Akhakon "Tony" Anenih (4 August 1933 – 28 October 2018) was a Nigerian politician who was appointed Minister of Works and Housing in 1999.

Anthony Akhakon Anenih
Minister of Works and Housing
In office
Succeeded byIsaiah Balat
Personal details
Born(1933-08-04)4 August 1933
Uzenema-Arue, Uromi, Nigeria
Died28 October 2018(2018-10-28) (aged 85)
Spouse(s)Josephine Anenih


Anthony Akhakon Anenih was born in Uzenema-Arue in Uromi. In 1933 he joined the Nigeria police force in Benin City. Working at home, he obtained secondary school qualifications. He attended the police college in Ikeja, and was selected for further training in the Bramshill Police College, Basingstoke, England in 1966 and the International Police Academy, Washington DC in 1970. He served as a police orderly to the first Governor General of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. He worked as an instructor in various police colleges, and in 1975 was assigned to the Administrative Staff College (ASCON), Lagos. He retired from the police as a Commissioner of police.[1]

Early political careerEdit

He was State Chairman of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) between 1981 and 1983, helping Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia become elected as civilian Governor of Bendel State. However, the governorship was cut short by the military takeover of December 1983. He was National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 1992 and 1993, when he assisted in the election Chief M. K. O. Abiola as president. He was a member of the Constitutional Conference in 1994.[1]

Anenih was a member of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) and People's Democratic Party (PDP). Anenih was said to have masterminded the 26 April 2002 declaration of President Obasanjo at the International Conference center Abuja.[2] He was deputy national coordinator of Olusegun Obasanjo's campaign Organisation in the 1999 and 2003 elections.[1]

Minister of Works and HousingEdit

Chief Anenih was appointed Minister of Works and Housing in 1999. He subsequently became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP.[1]


In October 2009, a senate committee issued a report on their investigation into the use of more than N300 billion in the transport sector during the Obasanjo administration. The committee recommended prosecution of thirteen former Ministers, including Anenih, saying he had awarded contracts without budgetary provision.[3] In November 2009, the Senate indefinitely shelved consideration of the report.[4]

In October 2009, the Central Bank of Nigeria released a list of customers with major debt to five recently audited banks. It reported that, through Mettle Energy and Gas limited, Chief Tony Anenih and Osahon Asemota owed N2,065 million.[5] Tony Anenih said he had nothing to do with Mettle Energy and Gas Limited, and said he had written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Farida Waziri, urging the commission to investigate the matter.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Josephine Anenih, a lawyer, who was the chairperson of the Federation of Women Lawyers from 1994 to 2000, and also was the first National Woman Leader of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) from 1999-2005. She was appointed minister of Women Affairs on 6 April 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his new cabinet.[7]


Anenih died on October 28, 2018.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Tony Ikpasaja (4 August 2009). "Anenih: Driving Nigeria From Uromi". Leadership Nigeria. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  2. ^ Seyi Oduyela. "Alhaji Abubakar Atiku: The Face Of An Opportunist". Dawodu. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  3. ^ "N300 Billion Transportation Contracts - Senate Report Indicts Anenih, Okonjo-Iweala, Ciroma". Vanguard. 12 October 2009. Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  4. ^ Emmanuel Aziken (5 November 2009). "Senate suspends N300bn contract report". Vanguard. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  5. ^ ISAAC ANUMIHE; OMODELE ADIGUN; MADUKA NWEKE; KELECHI MGBOJI; TITUS NWOKOJI; LOUIS IBA (16 October 2009). "CBN releases fresh debtors' list, includes Marwa, Pat Utomi, Tony Anenih, Fasawe". OnlineNigeria. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  6. ^ Yusuf Alli (16 October 2009). "Anger, shock over list of troubled banks' debtors". The Nation. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Ministers - the Profiles". ThisDay. 7 April 2010. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Dogara mourns Tony Anenih". Retrieved 24 January 2019.