Again, Lalong Grieves, Declares Three-Day Mourning Over Dead Commissioner

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BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – Wednesday’s 8am death of the Plateau State Commissioner for Urban Development, Architect Samuel Galadima Azi, has put the government and people of the state in grieving mood, especially coming on the heels of the deaths of the deputy chief staff, Government House, and the director of Government House Administration.
Architect Galadima, who attended a state function Tuesday in Shendam, about 155 kilometres south of the state capital, Jos, and was in physically excellent mood till about 10pm when he disengaged from a social interaction with his friends in Tudun Wada, Jos, arrived the Rwang Pam Township stadium a few minutes to 8am to attend the State executive monthly jogging exercise when he slumped beside his car, before the jogging will commence and before Governor Lalong arrived.
With his colleagues and several vehicles waiting, he was immediately rushed to the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, gasping for breath as the vehicle conveying him sped towards the Hospital. On reaching the hospital, Galadima had passably transited, as the doctors confirmed his condition unserviceable, and pronounced him dead.
No report had been made about the possible cause of the sudden death of the Architect who had earlier served the state during the maximum dictatorship of the late General Sani Abacha as commissioner for works and housing.
However, not a few speculated that it is not unconnected with heart failure, just as the deceased himself jocularly remarked to a journalist in his office last week that one day he could slump and die because of the troubles and pressures of his office.
The development bungled the Jogging exercise and sent other government functionaries back home in shock and awe as the news soon spread to put the entire state secretariat in solemn mode as civil servants gathered in small groups, some sobbing, and others wondering about the sudden death.
At the Ministry of Urban Development ( deceased office), adjacent the Plateau state specialist Hospital where he died, it was a combined mood of sobriety and disbelief as the staff abandoned their offices and the building, thronged the hospital across the roundabout, wishing it were not true.
At the deceased’s home along New JUTH road, opposite the NDLEA, near Lamingo Dam, the desolate mood and melancholy were all-capturing as aged women were wailing and refusing to be consoled. A brother of the deceased, Musa Itse Azi, did not only confirm that his elder brother is truly dead, he said the wife of the late architect was being expected as she was already on her way from Abuja. He was being comforted by the state head of service, Azi, and former House of Reps member for Jos East /Jos South federal constituency, Bitrus Kaze, and many other sympathisers.
In an official statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Hon Bitrus Bature, the state government noted that “the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, on behalf of the Government of Plateau State, is with sincere sense of loss, deeply grieved to announce the sudden demise of the Honourable Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Architect Samuel Galadima who passed on to glory this morning, Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 at the age of 64. The late Honourable Architect Samuel Galadima was part of the state Executive Council members participating in the regular forth-nightly Physical Exercise at the Jos Township Stadium, when he slumped and was rushed to the Plateau State Specialist Hospital where he was confirmed dead”.
A graduate of architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the late Galadima, left behind a wife and three children and a host of other relations

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