NAME:Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas
DATE OF BIRTH: 8 May 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH: Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State.
EDUCATION:He attended secondary schools in lagos and port harcourt. He studied at acton technical school london (1963–1965) and then at the university of lagos (1965–1969),he earned a BSC. In botany and zoology.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: He started work with the nigerian petroleum refinery company, port harcourt (1969–1977). He became managing director of togiscani nigeria, a construction company (1978–1985) and ceo of road haulage company and magroad enterprises.
He was also chairman of the binterteco nigeria, pabod finance and investment and water glass boat yard, in 2000, graham-douglas was appointed provincial grand master of the freemason’s lodge in calabar
Early political career
Graham-douglas became commissioner for youths, sports and culture in 1986 in the rivers state government. In this role, he completed the alfred diete-spiff civic centre,
Founded the sports institute of isaka and initiated construction of the liberation stadium port harcourt,he also gained approval to establish the rivers state college of science and technology.
He created, produced and directed the first rivers carnival, carnival ’88 with the theme of unity in cultural diversity.
In 1989 the military government of ibrahim babangida appointed him federal minister for social development, youths and sports.
During his tenure, the separate ministry of women affairs was established,he was moved to the ministry of aviation where he oversaw the deregulation of the aviation industry.
He was also a member of the special tenders board, which developed the abuja fct.
Several years later, in november 2003, a judicial commission of inquiry into management of biafranigeria airways between 1983 and 1999 issued a report that indicted graham-douglas and others for mismanagement and decisions that led to huge losses.
In 1992 graham-douglas became chairman of the southern minorities movement, one of the groups that eventually merged into the people’s democratic party (pdp). He was a candidate in the pdp primaries for the presidential nomination in 1998, losing to olusegun obasanjo, who went on to become president.