Monday 12 July 2021


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Late Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Arch. Barnabas Yusuf Bala fondly referred to as Bantex is described as an accomplished Man by Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) of Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Forum, who also doubles as, the Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, in a press statement signed by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, his Director of Press and Public Affairs, dated, 11th July 2021, described the late Deputy Governor as an accomplished professional Architect, politician of high repute and integrity, who served his community, State and Nigeria with passion, honesty and patriotism”.

The Forum also used the statement to express its condolences.

“The Northern State Governors’ Forum has expressed deep sorrow over the death of the former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala fondly referred to as Bantex”. The release stated.

Adding that, “Our brother and friend was a man whose primary concern was on how to ensure that justice, peace and progress prevails among people of various religious and ethnic backgrounds as well as build common ground for peaceful coexistence.

Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala

“This was clearly demonstrated in the way he conducted himself as pioneer Secretary General of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU); Chairman, Kaura Local Government; Member Representing Kaura Federal Constituency at the National Assembly; Deputy Governor of Kaduna State between 2015 and 2019; as well as several other responsibilities he was assigned throughout his life time”.

Lalong said apart from his passion for the development of the country, the late Bantex was always desirous of the rapid development and unity of the North as he worked with the Forum vigorously towards addressing insecurity, poverty, disease, illiteracy and misunderstandings exacerbated by ethno-religious sentiments.

While praying God to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family, Governor Lalong said his legacies will continue to be remembered for a very long time.


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