By Gabriel Kekong
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare has described the death of former Minister of Sports Malam Bala Ka’oje as a huge loss to the sports industry and the country at large.
The one time Chairman of defunct National Sports Commission (NSC), Ka’oje, died on Tuesday morning, age 60.
The minister said this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr John Joshua-Akanji on Tuesday in Abuja.
“It is shocking to learn about the death of former Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Bala Ka’oje.
“So sad that Nigeria has lost a very illustrious son who served this country meritoriously.
“His death has robbed Nigeria of another bright mind and committed public servant.
“This is not just a loss to his family and friends, but the country in general.
“He made his mark while serving as Minister of Youth and Sports,” Dare said.
The minister described Ka’oje as a multi-talented man who served his people and the country with his mind and might.
Meanwhile his remains was buried in Abuja on Tuesday according to Islamic rites.