Governor Inuwa Yahaya Mourns As Gombe Government House Perm-Sec, Balarabe Poloma Dies

It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that Gombe State announced the demise of Barrister Balarabe Poloma, mni, the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Gombe State.

A statement issued by the Director-General Press Affairs, Government House Gombe, Gombe State, Ismaila Uba Misilli disclosed that 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. 

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, CON, who expressed sadness over the demise of the Permanent Secretary,  described the deceased as an experienced lawyer and  seasoned administrator,  whose long service was characterized by dedication, hard work, diligence and meticulous attention to detail. 

"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".

Governor Inuwa Yahaya extended his deepest condolences to Barrister 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.  

The Governor prayed Almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the huge loss.

According to the statement, the details of burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

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