Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has expressed shock over the death of a veteran broadcaster with the Voice of America (VOA), Hausa Service, Ladan Ibrahim Ayawa.
In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello described the deceased as a compatriot and hard-working broadcaster who distinguished himself, contributing immensely to both news and magazine programmes of his station.
The Governor said the personality of Late Ladan Ibrahim Ayawa is a model to younger broadcasters pointing out that the International broadcasting industry especially the Hausa Section will no doubt miss the wealth of knowledge and experience of the veteran broadcaster.
He said though death is a compulsory end to all mortals, the death of Ibrahim Ayawa is a loss not only to the International broadcast industry but to Niger State in particular but consoled by the fact that the deceased lived a good life.
The Governor then prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljannah Firdausi and give the family, International Broadcast Industry, the State and well wishers the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Born in 1964, late Ladan Ibrahim Ayawa hails from Kontagora, Niger State. And a graduate of Bachelor of Arts, Hausa Language, Uthman Danfodio University Sokoto.
Until his death, he was a seasoned broadcaster with the Voice of America Hausa Service though retired this year.
Based in Washington DC, the deceased was a close friend to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
He died recently in Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in DC after a brief illness and he is survived by a wife and three children.