El-Rufai Declares Public Holiday To Mourn Former Deputy Gov, Bantex
Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has paid his last respects in honour of the memory of former Deputy Governor of the state, Arch Barnabas Bantex, as he has declared Monday, July 12 as a public holiday.
Arch Barnabas Bantex died on Sunday after he took ill for a short time. Bantex served as the deputy to El- Rufai during his first term as governor.
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Special Adviser to Governor El-Rufai on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, issued a statement where he commiserated with the family of the late Bantex and made the disclosure that he is getting honoured with a public holiday in his memory. El Rufai acknowledged his commitment to the progress of Kaduna State and prayed God to grant him peaceful repose.
The statement reads, “The Kaduna State Government has formally announced the death of former Deputy Governor His Excellency, Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex).
“The state government has declared Monday, 12th July 2021 as a work-free day in honour of his memory and service to the state.
“Architect Barnabas Bala, who served as Deputy Governor of Kaduna State from May 2015 to May 2019, died today in Abuja.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has sent a personal message of condolence to the family, noting that it was a blessing to know Bantex and to work with him. The governor acknowledged his commitment to the progress of Kaduna State and prayed God to grant him peaceful repose and to comfort his family.”