Ortom declares Tuesday work-free day as Benue mourns ex-MILAD Kontagora

NEWSMAN, Makurdi – Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has declared Tuesday a work-free day for workers over the death of a former military administrator, retired Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora.

Isa Kontagora who passed away on Sunday, January 10 2021, at the age of 65 was a military administrator of Benue State between 1996 and 1998.

Governor Ortom in his tribute to the former military governor also directed that flags be flown at half mast.

According to the statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, declared Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 as work-free day and urged that flags be flown at half mast in honour of the deceased.

“The Governor in his tribute this morning, described the death of Colonel Kontagora as a great loss to Nigeria and Benue State in particular, stressing that his footprints in the state have remained indelible”.

He described Benue as second home of the deceased, having remained in touch with the state during happy and trying moments, PUNCH reported.

Ortom sympathized with the government and people of Niger State over the death of their illustrious son and prayed to God to grant his soul eternal rest.

In another tribute, a former Governor of the state and Senator representing Benue North East Senatorial District, Dr Gabriel Suswam commiserated with the bereaved family, saying the honour given to the deceased by Governor Ortom was well deserved as Colonel Kontagora had lived legacies that would always be remembered.

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