By DUMAH RANDONG
THE Plateau State government has commiserated with the ECWA President, Rev. Dr. Stephen Panya Baba over the death of his father and one time President of ECWA, Rev. Dr. Panya Baba who passed on last Friday.
Governor Simon Lalong who led a high powered delegation to condole with the family at ECWA Head-quarters, Jos, Monday on behalf of government and people of the state over the loss, described the deceased as a committed leader who lived all his life in the service of God and died at the riped age.
Lalong while conveying condolences to the family and ECWA as a church said the octogenarian lived a fulfilled life and urged them to be consoled in the fact that their late father worked in the Lord’s vineyard and was resting with God.
Represented by his Deputy, Professor Sonni Tyoden, Governor Lalong encouraged the family to see the death as a loss not only as their own but the entire state and adviced them to continue to live by his exemplary character and prayed God to grant them comfort and his soul internal rest.
Responding on behalf of the family, son of the deceased and ECWA President, Rev. Dr. Stephen Panya Baba appreciated the state government for the visit and stated that they were indeed comforted by show of love and support.
He described their late father’s death as home coming noting that God had prepared for his exit and stressed that ECWA as a church, will continue to uplift the spiritual lives of the people and also prayed for peace in the state and the country as a whole.
The late Rev. Panya Baba who was born 20th January, 1932 in Karu, Nasarawa State had served the Evangelical Church Winning All in different capacities and one of his outstanding performances was raising mission to an international level during his time as Director of Evangelical Mission Society (EMS) before becoming ECWA President until 1994 when his tenure elapsed.
Our correspondent reports that the Deputy Governor was accompanied on the visit by Secretary to Government of the state, Professor Danladi Atu Chief of Staff, Mr. Noel Donjur and other top government officials.