A member of the Board of Directors of Media Trust Limited (publishers of Daily Trust newspapers and other titles), Alhaji Rabiu Garba, died Tuesday evening at 63.
Garba, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ESPEE Printing and Advertising Company, Kaduna, died at an Egyptian hospital after a protracted illness.
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Family sources said he had been on admission in Egypt for over a month. His younger brother, Saminu Garba, said the family was making arrangements for the return of his corpse to Nigeria for burial.
Born on June 21, 1957, the Late Garba was the chairman of Media Trust Limited’s board committee on editorial and production until late last year when he moved to the contact and business committee.
Garba had, three years ago at the 20th anniversary of Media Trust Ltd, narrated how the Daily Trust, then Weekly Trust, started in a small building which he described as his house “boys quarters”.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Media Trust Ltd, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, described Garba’s contribution to the successes of the company as unquantifiable.
He said Garba was, until his death, a pioneer shareholder and a director, and had been on the board of the company.
“The first edition of Weekly Trust was printed from his printing press in Kaduna. As someone with printing background, his contribution was unquantifiable. He was always tapping on quality of printing and how to get value for money when it comes to printing,” Yusuf said.
The Late Garba is survived by his wife, five children and three grandchildren. Among his children are Umar Rabiu Garba, who works with ESPEE Printing and Advertising firm, Kaduna.