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Encomiums, praises as late veteran journalist, Elder Dauda Pam is interred

Casket with the remains of late veteran journalist, Elder Dauda Reng Pam during the funeral service Tuesday at Zukukpang in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State

By Anthony Maliki, Raymond Gukas in Zukukpang

The inland village of Zukukpang of Ibaas Foron Chiefdom in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State stood still on Tuesday with the burial of veteran journalist, Elder Dauda Reng Pam who died on March 17, 2024 after a brief illness.

Virtually all residents of the village and neighbouring communities left their personally endeavous and trooped to witnessed the final prayers and interment of the man many described as a man of peace.

The rough dusty road to the village ahead of Bakin-Kogi did not deter those from afar to pay their respect for the deceased.

Traditional rulers, community leaders, the old and young, male and female converged at the family compound of the deceased where the funeral service was held despite the sunny weather.

Turn after turn, traditional rulers, pastors, friends, relations, media personnel among others spoke of the virtues of the respected journalist who died at 66 years.

The deceased youngest child, Sarah Dauda Reng read an emotional tribute of her father supported by her older siblings, Wash and Reng.

The wife of the deceased, Mrs. Hannatu Pam asked of forgiveness if her husband had offended or wronged anybody in any way.

Members of the immediate family during the funeral service

She also said people should imbibed the good sides of her husband.

Late Dauda Pam was born on May 25, 1958 into the family of late Da Reng Pam Wash Dong Karim of Zakpwis family of Zakukpang-Foron.

He was the first child of the family. He started his primary school at Kadunu and later at Jenaret Primary school in Pankshin and completed at Foron Mission.

He was admitted into the famous Government Secondary School, Katsina-Ala in Benue State and completed in 1977. He attended the National Institute of Information, Kaduna in 1984 and also earned a Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Jos in 1991 and later enrolled at the University of Maiduguri for a Post-graduate course.

The late Dauda first took appointment as a teacher at Gyel, Bukuru but later took appointment with the Federal Ministry of Works as a Supervisor in Jalingo, Taraba State (then Gongola State) from 1976-1979. He also worked with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Jos from 1980-1992 and got appointment as a Reporter The Nigerian Standard newspaper covering Borno and Yobe states retiring in May, 2020.

Elder Dauda Reng Pam, the veteran journalist has rested

Aside journalism, late Dauda Pam was deep into community development and was Chairman, Zakukpang Community Development Association (ZAK-CDA). During his leadership many development efforts were undertaken in the community.

They include the community building that hosts the only government clinic in Zakukpang, ten hand pumps boreholes spread across the community, skills acquisition and market stalls with widows as beneficiaries through a World Bank assisted project worth N10million with a counterpart funding of 10% down payment.

He equally played a significant role in the procurement of AGILE, another World Bank project facilitated by Plateau State Government for building of three blocks of modern classrooms including furniture and computer studio for Junior and Senior Secondary Schools.

Late Dauda was active in the emergence of Ibaas Foron Chiefdom and was appointed Media Director and Chairman, Media Committee for Amok Ibaas by the DaGwom Ibaas of Ibaas Chiefdom of Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area.

Late Dauda Reng Pam performed the Holy pilgrimage to Israel in 2007.

The Borno State NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel sent a senior journalist, Gbenga Olugbile to the burial where he presented a condolence letter and an undisclosed token.

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