By Moses Akarhan & Matthew Ajai-Kume
Governor Samuel Ortom has acknowledged the pivotal role late Dr Yima Sen played during his life time for the peace, unity and development of Nigeria.
The Governor gave the acknowledgement through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, who represented him Friday at a valedictory session in honour of the late veteran journalist, at Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) House, Makurdi.
He stated that, the deceased has played his role at the higher level of responsibilities without any influence by anybody and he shunned biasness.
“The late Yima Sen was always calling for good governance, positive change in all sectors of the economy,” Governor Ortom maintained.
Governor Ortom noted that, the deceased lives on, since his positive impact to the society shall continue to live on.
He called on the elderly and the youths to emulate the deceased for his commitment for the betterment of Nigeria and Benue State in particular, while he prayed God to grant fortitude to the family and friends of the deceased to bear the irreplaceable loss.
In his remark, Prof. Mvendega Jirbo described the deceased as a great patriot who was concerned about the welfare of others, as well as a man who was committed to good governance.
He noted that Nigeria and Benue State in particular, have lost a great personality.
On his part, Prof. Iorwuese Hagher who reminded the youths that the country belong to them encouraged them not to shy away but to remain steadfast to the struggle for their rights just like the Late Dr Sen did, during his life time.
In his condolence message, former Special Adviser to Governor Suswam on Media and Publicity, Dr Cletus Akwaya said the deceased was a role model to the people, most especially journalists and inspired all to emulate the deceased hard work and humility.
Also speaking, Engr Solomon Nyagba, a former housemate of the deceased at WM Bristow Secondary School, Gboko said the deceased was a man who always fought for everybody’s rights, irrespective of his or her status in the society.
On his part, the Chairman, Konshisha Local Government Area, James Jirgba, represented by his deputy, Sam Kave, said the death of Dr Sen is a big blow and difficult loss to comprehend, as he described the deceased as a very courageous, committed and straightforward leader.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Chairman (NUJ), Comrade Mrs Victoria Ashar acknowledged the commitment of the deceased in journalism profession mostly during late Aper Aku’s civilian region in the state.
Comrade Ashar added that, the valedictory session is a tradition of the council in the state to honour their fallen heroes and heroines, while she prayed God to console the deceased’s family and journalists.
The brother of the deceased, Mr Bem Sen, thanked all for their various words of consolation and he especially lauded Governor Ortom for his financial contribution towards the burial and prayed God to bless all.