A journalist with Channels TV, Vincent Bala Danture, 39, diagnosed with cancer of the liver has died days after soliciting for public help.
Before his death, Danture sought for medical attention in an Indian hospital. He is from Kaltungo Local Government Area, Gombe State and a father of two children. In an interview with Punch , he had lamented how difficult it was for him to raise the required funds
The governor of the state, Inuwa Yahaya expressed sadness over his sad passing.
In a press release, he wrote:
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has recieved with sadness the death of Channels Television correspondent in Gombe, Mr. Vincent Danture, who died today.
Vincent died in the early hours of today, Wednesday, 19th February, 2020 at the National Hospital, Abuja preparatory to his departure to an Indian Hospital for treatment.
Vincent, 39, is survived by his wife, two children and aged mother, among other relatives.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya, in a condolence message, described the death of the Channels Television reporter as a huge loss not only to his immediate family but to journalism profession, the state and the nation at large
He noted that Vincent was a core professional, hardworking and dedicated journalist, who contributed immensely in projecting the programmes and policies of Gombe state through balanced reporting.
Th Governor urged his family to take solace in the fact that their son, as an active member of the esteemed journalism profession, lived an exemplary life among his contemporaries and conducted himself with utmost professionalism and dignity while carrying out his assignment.
He expressed the deep condolences of the Government and people of Gombe state to the family of the deceased, Management and staff of Channels Television, as well as the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ where Mr. Danture once served as the Gombe state Council Secretary, assuring the grieving family of Government support.
He prayed God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.
Ismaila Uba Misilli
Senior Special Assistant
( Media and Publicity)