From PALANG KASMI, Shendam

The Plateau Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has described the Late Miskoom Albert Tuamtsen Kattiems as an achiever who has contributed to the development of Plateau State and his country Nigeria.

He said this today at the burial Mass for the deceased, held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shendam.

Our Correspondent reports that the late Kattiems who was born on 16th August 1953, died on February 21, 2020 at the age of 66 after a protracted illness.

While speaking during the funeral Mass, the Governor described life as vanity, calling on people to do the right thing while alive.

In his eulogy to the deceased, Lalong said “His contributions to Plateau State in the area of sports development, agriculture and investments have created an impact that would never be forgotten”.

“He has contributed to national development and held many positions where he left indelible footprints” Lalong said.

Delivering the homily, Monsignor Cletus Gotan, Vicar General, Administration, Catholic Arch Diocese of Jos, charged Christians to realize that there is consolation in death because of the belief in the resurrection of life.

He admonished the congregation to live a life worthy of emulation, which will reveal the image of God in their dealings with their neighbours because death comes at an unexpected time.

“Everyone will give account of their life after death. As Christians stop fault-finding attitudes, and imbibe the attitude of forgiveness as you live with each other” he said.


THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports that in his lifetime, the deceased was the pioneer Principal of Government Secondary Dawaki, Pankshin between 1982 and 1983 before joining the Jos International Breweries (JIB) where he rose through the ranks to become General Manager of Pioneer Milling Company Ltd, before attaining the position of Managing Director and CEO, JIB.

Among other key positions he held variously was Secretary General, JIB Rock Strikers Football Club (now Plateau United Football Club), Director, BARC Farms Ltd, Director DEMCO Ltd, and Member, National Conference on Political Reforms, Abuja.

He is survived by a wife, 3 children, his aged mother and many relatives among who is Nigeria’s Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen.

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