The Taraba State Executive Council led by the Executive Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku yesterday 17th August, 2017 held a valedictory session for Danbaba Danfulani Suntai as part of activities lined to honour him for his contribution to the growth of the state.
The event which took place around 2pm at the Exco chambers of Government House Jalingo had in attendance all members of the present Exco.
Speaking during the Valedictory Session, Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku described the former Governor as a man with unequalled character in the contemporary society.
Governor Darius Ishaku said Danbaba Suntai’s formidable structures put in place in the state capital and the local government areas would be difficult to erase hence the need to improve on it and as well initiate and design other valuable programmes which the people of the state will continue to be proud of.
He used the session to appreciate Retired General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma for chattering flights to bring the corpse of the deceased and promised to set up a committee that would go and thank him formally.
Other Members of the state Executive Council who also spoke during the Valedictory Session showered encomiums on Late former Governor, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai for his enormous contribution to the development of the state.
In his contribution, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu described the deceased as a generous and a detribalised personality who worked tirelessly to develop and also change the hitherto rural status of the state.
Haruna Manu said his story in life will not be complete without mentioning the former Governor who contributed substantially to promote and elevate his company and further place him on a good pedestal in politics.
Commenting on the unique qualities of Late Suntai, the Chief of staff, Government House administration, Rebo Usman said, the love shown by the former governor to people of the state was awesomely unquantifiable coupled with his firmness in handling issues that affects Taraba citizens.
Rebo Usman expressed happiness that the dreams and aspirations of late Suntai are being vigorously pursued, and materialised through the hard work of the present Governor, Darius Ishaku who believes in continuity and added that with the achievements recorded in the state so far attest to the uniformity of ideas.
On his part, the Secretary to Taraba state Government, Anthony Jellason described late Suntai as a humble, generous and a kind fellow .
Anthony Jellason stated that Danbaba Suntai was detribalised and treated all Tarabans with love irrespective of tribe, religion or other affiliations.
Speaking on the unequaled character of late Danbaba Suntai, the State head of Service, Simon Istifanus Angyu urged Tarabans to emulate him and urged all to be truthful which was the hallmark of the deceased former Governor.
Simon Angyu applauded the significant role played by the deceased in the harmonization of workers salaries and ensuring consistency in the payment of monthly salaries in the state.
All Commissioners that spoke praised his doggedness, proactiveness, resilience and above all, the pragmatic approach of late Danbaba Danfulani Suntai towards the development of the state.
They unanimously said he impacted on them the unique attributes to imbibe the spirit of selflessness in the service of the state and to humanity.
Accordingly, the former Secretary to the Taraba state government, Gebon Timothy Kataps remarked that the name of the former governor would always be remembered for the achievements recorded in the state during his tenure.
He said when the Governor crashed in a plane he was piloting, the state would have been in abyss if not for the steadfastness and the loyalty of his loyalists who were tagged; the cabals, who stood their ground to protecting his structures for continuous development of the state.
Kataps, on behalf of late Governor Danbaba’s friends thanked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for the love and care shown to the family in paying his bills and for according him a state burial.
Two minutes silence was observed for late Danbaba Danfulani Suntai who was the second civilian Governor of the state, the Valedictory Session had former Council members during the deceased tenure in attendance.