Baba Adamu Iyam (born September 5, 1948, in Otukpo, Benue state) was a Nigerian soldier who served as Military Administrator of Kwara State between September 1994 and August 1996, and then Edo State from August 1996 to August 1998, during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.[1]

Baba Iyam
Military Administrator of Kwara State
In office
14 September 1994 – 22 August 1996
Preceded byMustapha Ismail
Succeeded byPeter Ogar
Military Administrator of Edo State
In office
22 August 1996 – 7 August 1998
Preceded byColonel Bassey Asuquo
Succeeded byNavy Captain Anthony Onyearugbulem
Personal details
BornOtukpo, Benue state

Group Captain Iyam reportedly sacked 8,000 Edo state workers, most of them the teachers that Prof Ambrose Alli had painstakingly groomed, invested in and nurtured.[2] In February 1997, he halted all grants to the Edo State University since he considered that government ought not fund universities, and appointed a Sole Administrator for the university which will report directly to him alone, which he have a very good reason for.[3][4]

Tenure edit

Group Captain Baba Adamu Iyam, served as Governor of Kwara State from August 1994 to August 1996, oversaw a period of mass mobilization for self-help development. The administration engaged private developers to complete Kwara House in Abuja, which would generate revenue for the government and reduce the cost of hotel accommodation for state officials in the federal capital. The administration also constructed boreholes and functional latrines across the state, in partnership with UNICEF and DFRRI. The Stadium Shopping Complex was also built to improve revenue generation. However, Iyam's administration will most likely be remembered for its reclassification of Kwara State as an "educationally disadvantaged state," which would help attract more attention and investment from the Federal Government for educational development.

References edit

  1. ^ "Nigeria States". WorldStatesmen. Archived from the original on 23 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  2. ^ "Transition or Travesty: Nigeria's Endless Process of Return to Civilian Rule". Human Rights Watch. 1 October 1997. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  3. ^ JUDE EHEBHA. "Don Proffers Solution To Ailing Education Sector". Nigerian Observer. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  4. ^ S.O. Ighalo. "Reactions: Coping With "Hard Times" In Institutions Of Higher Learning In Edo State: Rejoinder To A Fairy Tale". Nigerian Observer. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-12-28.