The Gombe State Government House Permanent Secretary, Balarabe Poloma, is dead.
Poloma died one week to his retirement from service.
The PS who passed on Sunday had served three different governments as the Permanent Secretary, Gombe State Government House.
He was aged 60 years.
Condoling with the family members, the deceased’s associates and residents of the state, Governor Muhammadu Yahaya mourned the PS’ demise.
Yahaya described the deceased as an experienced lawyer and seasoned administrator, whose long service was characterised by dedication, hard work, diligence and meticulous attention to detail.
He made this disclosure in a press statement signed by the Director-General Press Affairs Ismaila Misilli.
He prayed that the Almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the huge loss.
“Barrister Poloma, aged 60, died in the early hours of today, Sunday, October 8, 2023, after a brief illness, as confirmed by his family.
“He was set to retire next week, marking the end of a long and illustrious service of a man who had the rare privilege of serving as Permanent Secretary during the administrations of three different governors of Gombe State,” the statement partly read.
Yahaya extended his deepest condolences to Poloma’s wife, other bereaved family members, the Waja Traditional council where he held the title of Madaki, and the people of Balanga Local Government as well as the entire public service in Gombe State.
He added, “The entire Gombe State Government mourns the loss of Barrister Poloma, a man whose contributions to the state’s civil service and governance were invaluable.
“We were greatly looking forward to celebrating his glorious and well-deserved retirement next week, but God had His plans. Barrister Poloma’s invaluable contributions to the development of civil service and our dear state, particularly in his capacity as Permanent Secretary, will continue to be cherished and remembered.”