Comrade David Ukuma, the newly inaugurated chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Benue State chapter, has passed.
Ukuma, who was until his demise a senior reporter with Radio Benue, passed away Saturday after a brief illness.
A member of the union told a news outlet that Ukuma became unconscious yesterday and passed on this morning.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom offered his sympathy to the entire media community across the country and the NUJ, particularly the Benue State chapter of the union, over the death of Ukuma.
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase on Saturday, described Ukuma’s demise as painful, not only to his family and NUJ but also to the state at large.
He described Comrade David Ukuma as a promising leader and versatile broadcaster whose talent and selfless disposition will be dearly missed.
The Governor urged “the deceased’s family and his colleagues at Radio Benue as well as NUJ to take solace in the fact that the late state Chairman of the union lived a life worthy of emulation.”
Governor Ortom “prays God to grant Comrade Ukuma eternal rest and his family the strength to bear the loss.”