By Matthew Ajai-Kume
Benue State Government has declared tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 as work free day, in honour of its former Military Administrator, Colonel Aminu Isah Kontagora (Rtd) who died this Sunday, January 10, 2021.
The Late Col Kontagora (Rtd), served as the Military Administrator of Benue State from 1996 to 1998.
In a chat with journalists in Benue People’s House, Makurdi, Governor Samuel Ortom said, all flags in the state shall be flown at half mast, as part of honour and mourning of the Late Col. Kontagora who served the state faithfully.
Governor Ortom, in a condolence message, described the deceased as a hard working person, who worked hard for the progress and development of the state, through infrastructure and others, many of which are named after him.
“The Late Colonel Kontagora believed that, Niger and Benue States are his homes and Benue State in particular, will miss his hard work, peaceful gesture, commitment and contributions to the development of Benue State and Nigeria in particular,” he noted.
Governor Ortom maintained that, a delegation from Benue State would visit Niger State to condole with the immediate family of the deceased, as well as the government and good people of state.
“On behalf of myself, family, government and the people of Benue State, I sincerely condole the family of Late Retired Colonel Kontagora and pray God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss,” he condoled.
In his tribute, Senator, representing Benue Zone A Senatorial District, Gabriel Suswam said, he is saddened by the death of the Late military administrator, Col Aminu Kontagora (Rtd), while he added that, the deceased contributed effectively to the up lift of the state and the country in general.