The late Prime Minister Balewa
By Baba Shehu Oscu, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government has declared January 15 of every year, as lecture and prayer day in honor of the late Nigeria’s Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
The state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed announced this at the maiden edition of the annual memorial lecture and prayer in honor of the late Prime Minister held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Tomb, Bauchi.
The governor said the lecture and prayer is to orient citizens of the state on the lifestyle of the late Prime Minister in order to encourage younger generation to emulate him.
According to him, the state government will promote culture through organizing such event considering the struggles of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa towards the independence of the country.
The governor, who was represented by the Hon. Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, recalled that the late Prime Minister had worked positively during the first republic with other regions and tribes of the country.
“Late Nigeria’s Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is a property of not only State and the country but International in general. Therefore we must emulate his legacies for the country to progress.”
The governor assured that through the state Ministry of Education will come up with reading books to train students on the legacies and lifestyle of the late Prime minister for the future of the country.
Governor Mohammed reaffirmed the determination of his administration towards the advancement of culture and tourism for the economic development of the state.
He said to improve revenue drive, the state government will work in synergy with experts by considering their inputs in its activities.
Responding on behalf of the family of the late Prime Minister, Malam Bilyaminu Tafawa Balewa described as a welcome development, the declaration of January 15 every year as a day for lecture and prayer for the late Prime Minister.
Bilyaminu appealed to the state government to consider resuscitating the tomb to attract more visitors and to support the family to come up with a foundation.