Governor Kashim Shettima yesterday paid condolence visit to the family of a fallen journalist, Mr Ben Aidokanya who died on Tuesday after a protracted illness, and announced N1 million support for the education of his children.
Governor Shettima who was represented by his Special Adviser on Communications and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, visited the journalist’s widow in Maiduguri and was received by the President, Idoma Community Association in Borno State, Mr John Akogwu who was full of gratitude for Governor Shettima’s gesture.
Mallam Isa Gusau who handed a letter of condolence from Governor Shettima to the wife the former correspondent of the Nigerian Pilot newspaper, Mrs Mary Aidokanya, asked that the fund be exclusively used to support the education of three children of the late journalist.
The letter read
”With very heavy heart and empathy, His Excellency, Kashim Shettima, the Executive Governor of Borno State extends his deepest condolence to you, your children and extended family over the demise of your good and dear husband, Mr Ben Aidokanya.”
Gusau announced that Governor Shettima had ordered the release of a government ambulance to convey the journalist’s corpse to Effeye Ipole village of Ugboju district in Otukpo local government area of Benue State for funeral rites as decided by his family while he mobilized some friends of the deceased to attend the funeral.