By Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of one of the illustrious sons of the State and elder statesman, Prof. Dakum Shawn who died after a protracted illness.
Shown was the State PDP chairman during the first tenure of the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator Jonah Jang.
The deceased was an academic and politician, and was the first Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly who held office in the Second Republic from 1979 to 1983 during the administration of Chief Solomon Daushep Lar.
Lalong through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Simon Macham, said “its another great loss for the people of Plateau State as one of its finest politicians is called to glory.
“Prof. Dakum Shown was an honest, patriotic, fearless and competent person who gave his all to every assignment he handled.
“He left so many legacies in the socio-political landscape of the State and the Nation having impacted many positively “.
The Governor recalls his role in laying the foundation for sound education in Plateau State and Northern Nigeria, as the first Nigerian Principal of the famous Girls High School Gindiri (GHS) where he taught and mentored many young persons that are today contributing positively to the society.
According to the Governor, Shown’s political experience and contributions have also enhanced the fortunes of democracy in the State and Nigeria as a whole.
Lalong praised his contributions to the development of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS where he was once its Chairman.
Lalong while consoling his immediate family, friends, well wishers and associates, asked them to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived a fruitful life and raised many who will carry on his legacies.