September 28, 2021


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Flour Mills mourn Ahmed Joda

Alhaji Ahmed Joda dies

 The  Chairman, Board and Management  of FMN,  have described  passage of  elder statesman, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, as  death of a great titan.

By Funmilola Gboteku

The  Chairman, Board and Management  of Flour  Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN),  have described  passage of  elder statesman, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, as  death of a great titan.

Mr John Coumantaros,  Chairman of FMN,  expressed his condolence in a statement,  made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday,  in Lagos.

He said Joda, a giant of Nigeria’s industry,  would be remembered as  an accomplished  public servant, a mentor and charismatic leader,  with an unwavering commitment and indelible contributions  to the  development of his fatherland.

Coumantaros said that many Nigerians  in this  generation and   those to come, would remain indebted to his remarkable legacies  and stewardship.

He  said  Joda, was a former vice chairman and member of the  FMN  board  of directors,  from June 1978 to  September 2012, adding  that he was instrumental to the  growth and success  story  of the group.

“We  pray that God consoles his  family  and all others,  who have been  impacted by his demise.

“On behalf of the  board  of directors, management and staff  of  FMN, I express our profound condolences and grief   to   your family on the passing       of your  beloved father and   patriarch, Joda, at a golden age.

“Joda was  a visionary  leader, teacher, statesman and father  to many, including  myself, who  had  the privilege  of benefiting from his abundance  of knowledge,  during his  lifetime.

” I will never  forget his warmth and love  toward my father, with whom he was close, ” Coumantaros said.

The chairman said he would  most fondly remember  him for  his  fatherly affection and counsel, which saw him through his formative years as a businessman in Nigeria.

He said their thoughts and prayers were with the family of  the deceased during this difficult time.

“May the enduring  presence and  love of the  Almighty,  console, strengthen, and keep your family and may the soul of  the departed ,  rest  in peace, ” he said.

NAN recalls that Joda died in Yola on Friday at the age of 91.

Aside other notable engagements in his lifetime, Joda was the head of Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential transition committee in 2015.

During the regime of General Yakubu Gowon, he was considered among a group,  known as Super Permanent Secretaries,  on account of the sphere of influence they wielded. (NAN) (

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