From Isa Dangana, Minna
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has expressed sadness over the demise of Professor Ibrahim Adamu Kolo whom he described as an experienced professional teacher committed to the efforts by the state government towards regaining the lost glory of teaching profession in the state.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, said late Professor Kolo was a thorough-breed educationist who left footprints in virtually every sector of education in Nigeria.
“Professor Ibrahim Kolo was a thorough-breed professional who committed his entire life to learning, teaching and research. He taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education rising from a classroom teacher to a professor,” the governor said in the statement.
The governor described the deceased as a committed and passionate educationist who was one of the key drivers of the on-going reforms in education sector embarked upon by this administration.
“The passing away of Prof. Ibrahim Kolo is a tragedy to the state, the academia and the country. He was knowledgeable, versatile, resourceful and one of Niger state’s best hands. He left at the time we needed him most in revamping the educational sector of the state. He will be greatly missed.
“The late Professor made his mark and footprints not only in the educational sector but also in the Niger State civil service and his contributions in the academia and the state will not be forgotten,” the governor added.
Governor Sani-Bello prayed God to grant the family and the educational sector the fortitude to bear the great loss and Allah to grant him Aljana Firdausi.
Late Professor Kolo hailed from Mokwa, Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State.
The Professor, who was a lecturer at Bayero University, Kano, was the former Provost of the Niger State College of Education, Minna from 2001 to 2010 and the immediate past Vice Chancellor of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State from 2010 to 2015.
He served the state government in different capacities.
Until his death, he was a member, Implementation Committee of the Niger State Teacher’s Professional Development Centre, Mararaban Dandaudu.
He died at the age of 62 after a brief illness and he is survived by two wives, children and grandchildren.