By PALANG KASMI
The Plateau state Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has described the First Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA), Prof Dakum Shown, as one of the finest educationists and politicians the state has ever had.
While expressing deep sorrow over his demise, the governor said Plateau has lost one of her illustrious sons and elder statesman.
Shown who died after a protracted illness, was an academician, politician, and the first Speaker of the PLHA who held office in the Second Republic from 1979 to 1983 during the administration of Chief Solomon Daushep Lar.
“This is another great loss for the people of Plateau State, as one of its finest politicians is called to glory” Gov. Lalong said, eulogizing him as an honest, patriotic, fearless and competent person who gave his all to every assignment he handled”
Lalong said “he left so many legacies in the socio-political landscape of the State and the Nation having impacted many positively “.
The Governor said he recalls his role in laying the foundation for sound education in Plateau State and Northern Nigeria, as the first Nigerian Principal of the famous Girls High School Gindiri (GHS) where he taught and mentored many young persons that are today contributing positively to the society”
“Your political experience and contributions have also enhanced the fortunes of democracy in the State and Nigeria as a whole” Lalong said praising his contributions to the development of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS where he was once its Chairman.
The Governor consoled his immediate family, friends, well wishers and associates, over the huge loss asking them to take solace in the fact that late Prof. Shown lived a fruitful life and raised many who will carry on his legacies.