Brief history of Ambassador Alh Tanimu Saulawa
The late Saulawa was born in 1927 in the ancient city of Katsina. He attended the then Elementary School Katsina from 1936-38 and proceeded to the famous Barewa College, Zaria, where he studied from 1946-47.
Saulawa who was one of the pioneer pharmacists in Northern Nigeria, was a product of the School of Pharmacy in Zaria and Yaba, where he schooled from 1947-50 and 1954-56, respectively.
The deceased also attended the Institute of Administration in Manchester, United Kingdom from 1973-74, where he was equipped with the necessary skills that enabled him function effectively and efficiently as an astute administrator.
His working career which saw him hold different positions and rise through the ranks to the coveted position of a permanent secretary in the defunct Kaduna State spanned almost three decades.
His last posting as a permanent secretary was at the then Kaduna state Ministry of Lands and Survey, where he eventually retired from active civil service.
Upon retirement in 1978, the Late Ambassador Saulawa was appointed by the then military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida as Nigeria’s Ambassador to Algeria and Tunisia.
At various times, the late Saulawa also served as chairman of the now rested National Supply Company, chairman of Katsina Pilgrims Welfare Board, pro-chancellor and chairman of the council of Usman Danfodio University, chairman of NAFDAC and chairman of Alqalam University, Katsina, the first private university in the North.
The late Saulawa also served as member of the board of trustees of ‘Gidauniyar Jihar Katsina’ (Katsina Foundation) and Katsina Islamic Foudation.
He died on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the age of 89. He died after a protracted illness for over two years. He is survived by his wife and six children.
The funeral rite for the deceased was observed in Katsina and was attended by scores of personalities many of whom showered encomiums on the deceased, whose life they insisted was an epitome of humility.