The Bauchi State authorities on Friday revealed plans to rehabilitate the tomb of Nigeria’s first and solely Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, in Bauchi.
The plans have been revealed by the state Commissioner for Tradition and Tourism, Dr Asma’u Ahmed Giade, on the annual memorial lecture and prayers for the late First Republic Head of Authorities, organised by the state authorities held on the tomb.
The mausoleum housing the tomb, in response to Dr Giade, had been uncared for for many years by successive administrations within the state.
She knowledgeable that the Governor Bala Mohammed-led administration had set a plan in movement to renovate the place with a view to creating it enticing to vacationers from inside and out of doors the nation.
The commissioner acknowledged contributions of some company our bodies and people in direction of the renovation of the late political icon.
“I can’t overlook to additionally acknowledge First Financial institution of Nigeria Plc who had declared curiosity to contribute in direction of the renovation of the tomb.
“Additionally, I can’t spherical off my speech with out mentioning the efforts of Nationwide Fee for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) and notably Shehu Baba Azare, in doing his final finest to see that Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa remembrance day turns into a actuality in Bauchi state.
“Earlier than I spherical off, I need to acknowledge the hassle of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance coverage Company for his or her quite a few contributions to the upgrading of the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa tomb,” she stated.
Dr Giade knowledgeable that Governor Mohammed final 12 months declared each fifteenth January as a day of prayers for the late Sir Tafawa Balewa, including that the Bauchi State Home of Meeting had made laws to make the day official.
In his remarks, the eldest son of the late Prime Minister, Malam Yakubu Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, lamented that the kids of the late icon usually are not being carried alongside within the scheme of issues within the nation.
Highlights of the event have been particular prayers provided for the repose of the soul of the late Sir Tafawa Balewa by the Chief Imam of Bauchi, Sheikh Bala Baban Inna, famend cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi and Reverend Abraham Dimas.
Governor Mohammed was represented on the event by his Deputy Senator Baba Tela.