Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on Sunday, announced the death of his Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Alhaji Surajo Marafa-Gatawa.
Tambuwal in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Malam Muhammad Bello, said the late Mafara-Gatawa died on Sunday after a brief illness.
The Governor described the late commissioner as an astute politician.
Before his death, the deceased had been a Councillor in Sabon Birni Local Government Area (1988-1989) and also Chairman of the same Council (1991-1993).
“Mafara-Gatawa was a member of the House of Representatives for Isa/Sabon Birni Federal Constituency between 1999-2007.
“During my first tenure, he was the Commissioner for Social Welfare for four years, later he was moved to the last position he held until his death,”
The statement read in part.
Mafara-Gatawa is survived by three wives and many children.
He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
NAIJALOADED recalls that Tambuwal on Friday lost his uncle after he suffered a prolonged illness.
Source: News update