A former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Arch Bala Barnabas Bantex, is dead.
Elanza News reports that former deputy governor Bantex died at the National Hospital Abuja after battling with an ailment.
The former deputy governor left behind a wife, four children and grandchildren.
Born on 20 December 1956 in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, former deputy governor Bantex died at the age of 64.
A politician and trained architect, Bantex was deputy governor of Kaduna State between 2015 – 2019.
Bantex was the Kaduna state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before his selection as a running mate to Malam Nasir el-Rufai.
The founder of the architectural firm Bantex consortium, Bantex was a member of the constitutional conference, Chairman of Kaura Local Government and a member of the House of Representatives.
He had an unsuccessful bid in the Kaduna South Senatorial Districts election in 2019 when he contested under the platform of the APC but subsequently announced his retirement from Politics during a
Television interview. He had earlier taken such a decision before he was persuaded to join the APC mantra prior to the buildup to the 2015 general elections.
In his reaction, Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai said he lost a friend and brother.
“It’s a very sad day,” el-Rufai said adding that in Bantex, he has lost a dear friend and partner in the service of Kaduna State.
Read the full statement:
In the midst of trying times, I have received with utter sadness news of the departure of my friend and brother, His Excellency Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex).
From our days as undergraduates in the 1970s to our practice as professional colleagues in the construction industry and eventually partners in a governance project, Bantex was consistently a dependable man of brilliance and imagination. He believed in the potential of our state and in the capacity of our people to work together for progressive attainments.
Together, we took on the task of providing new leadership for Kaduna State in 2015. He brought to his duties as Deputy Governor during our first term his unique insights as a politician with experience in navigating the diversity of our state. Bantex radiated hope and optimism in the future of our state, even when the circumstances were dreary.
Bantex had served the people of Kaduna State in several capacities prior to becoming Deputy Governor. As a delegate to the 1994 Constitutional Conference, chairman of Kaura Local Government Council and member for Kaura Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, he was a sterling symbol of representative democracy.
We would miss his brilliance and his commitment to Kaduna State, his easygoing manners, his sense of humour and steadfastness to his convictions.
I have spoken to his family and conveyed our condolence on behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State. We shall work closely with his family to grant a befitting farewell to a man who gave so much to this even when hobbled by ill-health.
We have been blessed to know Bantex and to work with him. We pray God to grant him peaceful repose and to comfort his wife, children and the entire family in this moment of grief and loss.
Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
Governor of Kaduna State
11th July 2021