By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Permanent Secretary, Government House, Gombe State, Barrister Balarabe Poloma has died at the age of 60, yesterday morning.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs)
Government House Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli.
“It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we announce the demise of Barrister Balarabe Poloma, mni, the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Gombe State.
“Barrister Poloma, aged 60, died in the early hours of today, Sunday, October 8, 2023, after a brief illness, as confirmed by his family.
“He was set to retire next week, marking the end of a long and meritorious service of a man who had the rare privilege of serving as Permanent Secretary during the administrations of three different governors of Gombe State,” it said.
According to the statement, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, CON, who expressed sadness over the demise of the Permanent Secretary, described the deceased as an experienced lawyer and seasoned administrator, whose long service was characterized by dedication, hard work, diligence and meticulous attention to detail.
“The entire Gombe State government mourns the loss of Barrister Poloma, a man whose contributions to the state’s civil service and governance were invaluable.
“We were greatly looking forward to celebrating his glorious and well-deserved retirement next week, but God had His plans. Barrister Poloma’s invaluable contributions to the development of civil service and our dear state, particularly in his capacity as Permanent Secretary, will continue to be cherished and remembered”. He said.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya extended his deepest condolences to Barrister Poloma’s wife, other bereaved family members, the Waja Traditional council where he held the title of Madaki, and the people of Balanga Local Government Area, as well as the entire public service in Gombe State.
The governor prayed Almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the huge loss.
The details of burial arrangements will be announced in due course.