Super technocrat, Chief Ufot Ekaette, is lying critically ill at the intensive care section of the National Hospital, Abuja.
The 80-year old former Secretary to the Federal Government was admitted Wednesday. The nature of his ailment is unknown but doctors are closely monitoring his condition, especially his heart and brain, credible sources said last night.
The one-time former minister of Niger Delta Affairs has not been seen at any public function of recent, perhaps incapacitated by his sickness and age. There were initial plans to take him abroad for medical care but the plan came unstuck, apparently owing to paucity of funds.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha made spirited efforts yesterday to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari approved an undisclosed amount for his treatment.
Chief Ekaette was government scribe between 1999 and 2007 during the Obasanjo administration. He was appointed a minister in December 2008. Born in Ikot Edor, Onna local government area of Akwa Ibom State, he was educated at Qua Iboe Mission Secondary School, Etinan; King’s College, Lagos; University College, Ibadan where he graduated in economics. He joined the federal civil service in 1964, and was principal private secretary to former head of state in 1975, and later permanent secretary, federal ministry of industries. He was the director-general of the defunct directorate of foods, roads and rural infrastructure; director-general, federal ministry of Social Development, Youths and Sport. He was deputy governor, Akwa Ibom State, and a non-executive director, First Bank PLC, a position he held before becoming the secretary to the government of the federation. He holds the traditional titles of Attah