Former minister and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba, is dead.
She died yesterday at age 61 in Cairo, Egypt.
The news of her death was confirmed by officials of the PDP in Taraba State to newsmen last night.
Al-Hassan was a former Minister of Women Affairs and a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District.
She will also be remembered as former influential member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party she used as a platform to vie for the 2015 general election as a governorship candidate for Taraba State.
In the 2019 election, she tried her luck with the United Democratic Party for the same seat after she resigned as a minister from the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari on July 27, 2018.
She was born on the September 16, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State, to Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, Sarkin Ayukan Muri.
The deceased attended Muhammed Nya Primary School, Jalingo and LEA Primary School, Tudun Wada, Kaduna before enrolling at Saint Faith College (now GGSS) Kawo Kaduna where she studied between January 1973 and June 1977.
She attended the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from July 1977 to July 1979 for her preliminary studies.
Al-Hassan started work as a Magistrate Grade II in April 1988 in the Kaduna State Judiciary.
She was admitted to the Fijian Bar and enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji in 1991. While she was in Fiji, her services were transferred from Kaduna State Judiciary to FCT Judiciary in 1991 as Magistrate Grade I.
Al-Hassan was appointed the first female Attorney General of her State, Taraba in 1997.
She was appointed the first female Chief Registrar of the High Court of the FCT in December 2003. She voluntarily retired from the FCT Judiciary as Chief Registrar on the 31st of December, 2009.