|Military Governor of Benue State|
21 Jul 1988 – 2 Jan 1992
|Preceded by||Idris Garba|
|Succeeded by||Moses Adasu|
December 20, 1950 |
Gawu, Suleja LGA, Niger State, Nigeria
Fidelis Makka was born on 21 December 1950 in Gawu, Suleja Local Government of Niger State. On 4 January 1971 he enlisted as a reader officer at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Jaji and on 23 June 1973 he was granted regular combatant commission. He served in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon from May to November, 1976. He attended the Senior Staff Course at the Nigerian Defense Academy from September, 1981 to June, 1982. Other posts were Commander 142 Infantry Battalion, Nigerian Army in 1978 and Staff Officer at the Military Secretary's Office, Army Headquarters. He was the Deputy Defence Adviser to the Nigerian Embassy in the Republic of Cameroon before being appointed Governor of Benue State.
Governor of Benue State
General Ibrahim Babangida appointed Lt. Colonel Fidelis Makka as Military Governor of Benue State on 21 July 1988, a post he held until 2 January 1992. He was an energetic and determined administrator committed to transparency of government. He systematically completed abandoned projects that the Aper Aku civilian administration had started. He re-designed and completed the Aper Aku Stadium, built the IBB Square, Fidelis Makka Library and Pauline Makka Women's Centre, and completed six general hospitals. He repaired roads, rehabilitated water works and extended rural electrification. He established Benue State University by edict in 1991. He forced the people to clean their environment under the supervision of soldiers in monthly environmental sanitation exercises that later became institutionalized.
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