By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, CON has expressed profound sadness over the demise of elder statesman and iconic administrator, Alhaji Jibril Halilu Dukku who died on Friday in Gombe at the age of 91.
According to a statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) Government House Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli, the governor described the deceased as a seasoned administrator and educationist renowned for his scholarly contributions, administrative acumen and humanitarian endeavours.
He noted that the late elder statesman made indelible impacts across Gombe State and beyond during his glorious service and in retirement, adding that his legacy will live on through his multiple accomplishments and the lives he positively influenced.
“The demise of Alhaji Jibril Dukku leaves a profound void in our hearts, marking the end of an era characterized by exceptional service, wisdom, devotion and commitment to the advancement of the people, community and the nation at large”.
Governor Inuwa said Gombe State has indeed lost a distinguished and highly respected elder statesman who served the State and nation with distinction and left behind a legacy of honour and dignity.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Gombe State, I extend my heartfelt condolences to my dear sister and daughter of the deceased, Rt. Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku and the entire family members on the passing of this iconic personality,” stated Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
He prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with Aljannat Firdaus.
Late Alhaji Jibril Halilu Dukku, aged 91, served with distinction in various capacities within the former Bauchi State, where he served as Permanent Secretary- designate at the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Permanent Secretary in the Bauchi Ministry of Education, Commissioner of Health, and Commissioner Works and Transport before his voluntary retirement in 1985.
He is survived by two wives and several children, notably among them are Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku, former member of the House of Representatives and Professor Sani Jibril Dukku, an academic with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi.
Governor Inuwa has earlier sent a delegation, led by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau to the funeral prayer which took place at the Emir’s Palace Gombe.