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PLATEAU: Elder statesman, Chief Jethro Akun is dead

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Late Chief Jethro Akun

Plateau’s Elder statesman, Chief Jethro Akun, is dead.  Chief Akun, 76, who hails from Bokkos local government of the state, was until his death Chief of Ron Kulere, traditionally known as the Saf Mabol Ron Kulere.

In his condolence message, Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has expressed deep sadness over the death of elder statesman Chief Jethro Akun, the Saf Mabol Ron Kulere

He described the death of Chief Akun as a great loss to his immediate family, the people of Bokkos LGA, Plateau State and the nation as a whole. He praised the contributions of the elder statesman in the governance of the state and the nation by actively participating in stakeholders’ engagement and making useful suggestions.

The governor described the late Chief Akun as an astute politician and administrator, who contributed immensely to the political development of Plateau state and Nigeria, serving in different capacities with diligence, honesty and patriotism, which earned him the national award of the Member, Order of the Niger (MON).

He recalls that Chief Akun, who served for two-terms as a Member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, was also appointed Commissioner, serving variously in Ministries of Information and Communications as well as Youths and Sports.

Chief Akun, according to the governor, was a key member of the APC, who supported the Rescue Mission and did his best to ensure the success of the administration.

“His passion for community development and empowerment saw him emerging as the President, National Association of Microfinance Banks, having spearheaded and facilitated the establishment of the Daffo Mangai Community Bank in Bokkos LGA and many others across the nation,” Lalong stated.

The governor also acknowledged the contributions of the late Chief Akun to the development of education in the course of his service to the nation, where apart from establishing a private school, promoted community and faith-based efforts to establish various schools across the state.

He noted that Chief Akun later served as the Chairman of Council for the Federal College of Education, Zaria, and was elected Chairman, Committee of Governing Councils of Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

The governor commiserated with the family of the deceased and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.

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