The Kaduna State Government has declared July 12 as a work-free day in honour of the late former Deputy Governor of the state, Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex).
The Editor Nigeria learnt that this was made known in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media & Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye on Sunday.
According to the statement, Architect Barnabas Bala, who served as Deputy Governor of Kaduna State from May 2015 to May 2019, died on Sunday in Abuja.
Former Kaduna Deputy Governor, Bala Bantex Dies In Abuja Hospital
Bala Bantex died at the age of 64 in an Abuja hospital on Sunday, July 11, 2021.
El-Rufai said â€œIn Bantex, I have lost a dear friend and partner in the service of Kaduna State
El-Rufai confirmed the death of his former deputy in a statement titled â€œItâ€™s a VERY SAD DAY.â€
â€œIn the midst of trying times, I have received with utter sadness news of the departure of my friend and brother, His Excellency Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex).
From our days as undergraduates in the 1970s to our practice as professional colleagues in the construction industry and eventually partners in a governance project, Bantex was consistently a dependable man of brilliance and imagination.
â€œHe believed in the potential of our state and in the capacity of our people to work together for progressive attainments.â€
The stated further that â€Together, we took on the task of providing new leadership for Kaduna State in 2015.
â€œHe brought to his duties as deputy governor during our first term his unique insights as a politician with experience in navigating the diversity of our state.â€
According to the governor, Bantex radiated hope and optimism in the future of the state, even when the circumstances were dreary.
He said Bantex had served the people of Kaduna State in several capacities prior to becoming a deputy governor.
â€œWe would miss his brilliance and his commitment to Kaduna State, his easygoing manners, his sense of humour and steadfastness to his convictions.
â€I have spoken to his family and conveyed our condolence on behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State. We shall work closely with his family to grant a befitting farewell to a man who gave so much to this even when hobbled by ill-health.
â€œWe have been blessed to know Bantex and to work with him,â€ the governor said.
He also prayed God to grant him peaceful rest and to comfort his wife, children and the entire family in this moment of grief and loss.