Biography of Tam David West

Biography of Tam David West

Tam David West
Tam David West
Prof. Tam David West is a former minister of petroleum and energy under General Muhammadu Buhari  military government between 1984?1985, and  minister of mines, power,
and steel under the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida (1986). He was eventually removed as minister and arrested by the Babangida regime for allegedly contributing to the economic adversity of the country. He was discharged and acquitted of these charges by Nigeria?s Special Appeal Court on August 8, 1991.

He had earlier served as commissioner of education and a member of the Executive Council of Rivers State (1975?1979), as a member of the 50-person Constitution Drafting Committee for the Federal Military Government of General Murtala Muhammed .
David-West was born in Buguma, Kalabari, in what is now Rivers State. He received his higher education at the University of Ibadan (1956-1958) and earned a BSc degree at Michigan State University (1958?1960), an MSc degree at Yale University (1960?1962), and a PhD degree at McGill University (1964?1966). David-West was consultant virologist and senior lecturer at the University of Ibadan in 1969 and was subsequently promoted to professor of virology in 1975.

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