From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Professor Ibrahim Adamu Kolo, Vice Chancellor of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State.
He described Kolo as an advocate of teachers professionalism.
He added that late prof. Kolo who was an experienced professional teacher was committed to the efforts by the state government toward regaining the lost glory of teaching profession in the state.
The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace said the Late Professor was a thorough- breed educationist who left footprints in virtually every sector of education in Nigeria.
“Professor Ibrahim Kolo was a thorough-breed professional who committed his entire life to learning, teaching and research.He taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education rising from a classroom teacher to a professor.”
Governor Bello described Late Prof. Ibrahim Adamu Kolo as a committed and passionate educationist who was one of the key drivers of the on-going reforms in education sector embarked upon by this administration.
“The passing away of Prof. Ibrahim Kolo is a tragedy to the state, the academia and the country. He was knowledgeable, versatile, resoursefu and one of Niger state’s best hands. He left at the time we needed him most in revamping the educational sector of the state. He will be greatly missed.
“The late Professor made his mark and footprints not only in the educational sector but also in the Niger state civil service and his contributions in the academia and the state will not be forgotten “.
He prayed God to grant the family and the educational sector the fortitude to bear the great loss and Allah to grant him aljana firdausi.
Late Prof. Kolo hails from Mokwa, Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State.
Professor Kolo who was a lecturer in Bayero University Kano, BUK, was the former Provost of the Niger State College of Education, Minna 2001- 2010 and the immediate past Vice Chancellor of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, 2010-2015 Late Prof. Ibrahim Adamu Kolo before his demise served the Niger state Government in different capacities. Until his death he was a member, Implementation Committee of the Niger State Teacher’s Professional Development Centre, Mararaban Dandaudu.
Prof. Kolo who died at the age of 62 after a brief illness is survived by two wives, children and grandchildren.