Bauchi governor mourns ex-NNPC GMD Maikanti Baru

Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed has expressed shock over the sudden death of former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, describing the death as a great loss not only the people of Bauchi State and Nigeria but also to the whole world at large.

The governor in a press statement signed and issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Comrade Mukhtar Gidado, copies of which were made available to newsmen in Bauchi on Saturday said the death has created a vacuum in the petroleum sector of the country which will be hard to fill.

According to the statement, Baru was a great and patriotic son of Bauchi State who has contributed greatly in exploring oil in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.

The governor said, “Bauchi State will never forget his landmark in building and renovating schools in some parts of the state in addition to the many empowerment programmes he initiated.

“Late Maikanti has been very instrumental in leading reforms that help in the oil sector in Nigeria more viable, particularly ending long queues associated with fuel scarcity in the country.

“The governor on behalf of his family and people of Bauchi State commiserate his family and Nigeria for his demise and pray for the repose of his soul and the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the statement read.

It will be recalled that late Maikanti Baru died late Friday night in an Abuja hospital after a brief illness and was buried in Abuja on Saturday in accordance with Islamic injunction.

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