Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has mourned the passage of his Gboko Motor Park contemporary, the late Gideon Terhemen Aie, describing his passage as painful.
Chief Dr Ortom who commiserated with the family of the deceased at their Gboko East residence advised those alive to reckon with the fact that death was inevitable and make peace with God.
He quoted Hebrews 9:27 which stated that it was appointed to man to die once after which there would be judgment and appealed to those who came round to take note.
The Minister who is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue State in 2015, said although the deceased departed at a relatively productive age he was happy that he made peace with God before his departure.
Chief Dr Ortom recalled their time at the Gboko Motor Park where he said both of them were conductors on the same vehicle and also lived together in one thatched hut stressing that the loss was a personal one.
While praying that the Almighty might console the entire family, colleagues, and friends of the late Aie he pledged to stand by the family as long as he lived.
A sister of the deceased, Mrs Antse, expressed appreciation to the Minister for his solidarity with the family in good and happy moments adding that Chief Dr Ortom bought a vehicle for the deceased and also contributed to the burial of both of their parents.
The late Aie was laid to rest in Mbagen Buruku local government area last Wednesday.