A former minister of petroleum and consultant virologist , Prof Tam David West , is dead .
David -West , who was also an ex -commissioner for Education , was said to have died few hours ago at the age of 83 .
A close source told the family told our correspondent that the ex – minister and Professor of Virology was not ill the last time she interacted with him .
The source , however, could not immediately disclose where the late Octogenarian passed on .
He was once the minister of Petroleum under Muhammadu Buhari military administration .
West was also at a point in his life the minister of Mines , Power and Steel under Gen . Ibrahim Babangida ’s regime .