By Stanley Onyekwere
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has expressed deep sadness over the passing of the Acting Secretary for Education, FCT Administration, Alh. Umaru Marafa who died on Monday, after a brief illness.
Bello also condoled with the Government and people of Niger State and the Kontagora Emirate where the late Umaru Marafa was a prince.
The Minister in a statement from office of the FCTA’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, yesterday in Abuja, equally prayed for the repose of his soul and fortitude for his family over the loss.
ccording to the statement, Bello described the late civil servant as a dedicated, resourceful and hardworking officer who devoted a greater part of his working career to the service of the FCT Administration.
He noted the tremendous amount of work late Marafa and his team in the Education Secretariat were doing to ensure the safe re-opening of FCT schools, in the wake of the Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19 pandemic
Recall that late Alh. Marafa held several strategic positions in the FCTA, including, Head of Finance at the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS), Director of Administration and Finance at the Social Development Secretariat and Acting Secretary, Education Secretariat, a position he held until his death.
It was gathered that the late Marafa had last week presented a document detailing plans for school resumption to the FCT Minister.
Furthermore, it was learnt that the late Marafa, had travelled to kaduna to visit his family at the weekend. His remains has been buried Tuesday morning, according to Muslim rite.