By; Amos Tauna, Kaduna.
Kaduna State government has reiterated its determination to partner with the traditional institution in running the affairs of the state towards realizing government policies and actions.
The Deputy Governor, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala, while speaking at the funeral service of the Agwatyap II, late Dr Harrison Yusuf Bungwon at Zangon Kataf on Friday, said that the state government would continue to nurture the seeds of peace and togetherness sowed by the late traditional ruler for the peace, unity and development of the state.
He noted that the late traditional ruler during his lifetime established a firm reputation before he became a royal father, adding, “He was known as a gentleman to the core, a lover of peace, and a devout Christian. He made his mark as a teacher, an engineer, an administrator, a politician, a traditional leader and above all, as a good man.
“If you had the privilege of knowing the late Agwatyap, you will attest to the fact that he was a bold and courageous man, who fought for the rights of his people. In all the places he worked, he served with dedication and hard work.
“When he was a lecturer at the Kaduna Polytechnic, Dr. Harrison Yusuf Bungwon mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to excel in the engineering world. As a Mechanical Engineer of repute, he put at the disposal of the country the vast experience he had acquired from across the world.
“As a politician, he was a leading light in the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP). Dr. Bungwon was always clear about where he stood, but he had the grace of a democrat.
“As a Commissioner of Works and Transport, he worked tirelessly for infrastructural development in the state. He brought the same zeal to his duties at the Atyap traditional council where he was the paramount traditional ruler.
“The late Dr. Bungwon was a ralling point in bringing people together and was also highly instrumental in the successes of his subjects in different capacities.”
Governor El-Rufai in his tribute to late Dr. Bungwon said, “I received with shock the news of the passage of His Royal Highness, Dr. Harrison Yusuf Bungwon, the Agwatyap II, who died after a brief illness. The state has lost an astute traditional ruler, a gentleman to the core with a long history of service and dedication to the cause of humanity and peace. He was a pillar and a rallying point in our quest for a better Kaduna State.
“His Royal Highness, Dr, Bungwon took on the responsibility of building bridges, and he distinguished himself beyond expectations of that noble quest. He represented humility and sincerity. We will miss his advocacy for peace and togetherness, and his willingneds to bring people together.
“My last encounter with the late Dr. Bungwon was on 23rd March, 2016 in Kafanchan where we all gathered to witness the signing of the Kafanchan Peace Declaration. That Peace Declaration, which marks a landmark victory of humanity over hate and peace over violence, was achieved through the dedication and commitment of people like the last monarch.”
The burial ceremony was witnessed by people from all works of life that were in the palace to pay their last respect to the late traditional ruler.
By; Amos Tauna, Kaduna.