The death of the former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Architect Bala Bantex, came to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat (NGFS) as a rude shock. Although he suffered a prolonged illness, Bantex, as he was most popularly known, was a man that the NGF Secretariat held in very high esteem and wished he had gotten well to continue the good work that he left the office of then Deputy Governor to pursue.
Bantex was a good representative of Kaduna State with all its political complications, having led the people of Southern Kaduna in all representative and participatory capacities through the Local Government system and Constitution Review Committees, eventually becoming a Deputy Governor.
In the words of Governor El Rufai, Bantex served his state with all sincerity apart from giving the much-desired hope to the downtrodden in the state.
Bantex contributed fully to the debates at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum whenever he represented the Governor, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai, during which he displayed full comprehension of all the intricate issues at meetings and would always give the Kaduna State perspective to debates as if the Governor himself were present.
“The Forum will miss his deep and incisive interventions”, according to the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Asishana Bayo Okauru.
The NGFS would, in this regard, wish to condole with the people and government of Kaduna State, particularly, the Governor, Malam Nasiru el Rufai, whom Bantex served diligently during his first term in office between 2015 and 2019 until he resigned to seek the position of Senator.
The NGFS also prays to God to grant the family of the former Deputy Governor the fortitude to bear this great loss as we all know how much they love him as theirs but also know that God loves him best.
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