Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, in the early hours of today in Kaduna paid a condolence visit on his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, following the recent loss of his foster father, Alhaji Yahaya Hamza.
All Progressives Congress, APC, leader in Benue State and Senator representing Benue North West, Senator Dr George Akume led the condolence delegation.
Governor Ortom stated that the visit which had been scheduled earlier could not hold because of unforeseen circumstances.
He described the death of a dear one as painful at whatever age but urged his colleague to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived a life of committed service to his fatherland adding that all must one day return to the creator.
Senator Akume who stated that he knew the late Alhaji Hamza at the Federal Ministry of Education described him as a humble and unassuming man.
In his response Governor El-Rufai said he would always remember his cousin who adopted him at the age of eight when he lost his father as a kind hearted and an accomplished educationist.
The deceased was one time Secretary to Kaduna State Government and Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education.
He died at the age of 82.