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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Thursday said that the death of Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Emmanuel Saleh Ikwulono, has created a vacuum very difficult to fill.

Ortom in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akas, said that the death of the commissioner was a devastating blow to his administration.

The governor described the deceased as a true professional who built a wonderful working relationship with other members of the State Executive Council in a period of only four months in which he served as Commissioner.

“The death of Dr. Ikwulono is not only shocking and painful but has also created a vacuum very difficult to fill.

“The late Commissioner for Health and Human Services will be deeply missed by the Government and people of the state for his proactive efforts in tackling health challenges confronting Benue people, particularly the fight against COVID-19,” the statement read in part.

Ortom prayed that the deceased gets eternal rest and his family the strength to bear the irreparable loss.

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