By Chuks NZEH
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has paid tribute in a condolence message to the government and people of Katsina State over the death of Turakin Katsina Emirate, Dr Suleiman Sani of Sani Stores.
In a condolence message, Ngige recalled working together with late Sani at the Federal Ministry of Health in Lagos from 1992-1998.
He noted that, “I received the news of the death of Dr Suleiman Sani, Sani Stores, with rude shock, disbelief and utmost sadness. This is because a few weeks ago, just before the last Sallah festivities, I called him on phone to wish him happy Sallah celebrations and we discussed so many issues, reminiscing on our days in the Federal Ministry of Health together in the same Department of Hospital Services and Training.
“He was appointed as the Head of the Department of Hospital Services and Training at the Ministry after his stint as the Director General of the National Productivity Centre, NPC, where he came and met us as his colleagues and subordinates.
“I used to visit his family in their house in Victoria Island and he also visited me in my house at 1004 Estate and Dr Awe, in his house in Ikoyi. There was no air of a boss around him and he related with us as colleagues and contemporaries.
“And when I lost the primary election to the Senate seat of Anambra Central senatorial district in 1998, Dr Sani was quick to call me up, informing me that my letter of resignation in the ministry has not been processed because they were still praying and waiting for me to tell them that I will leave the murky waters of politics to rejoin them in the department. I of course declined the offer, having made up my mind to chart a new course or career for myself.”