The deputy governor of Gombe State, Mr. David Albashi, died yesterday in a German hospital of injuries he received in a car crash on Aug. 28.
A statement by the secretary to the Gombe State government, Alhaji Abubakar Bage, said Albashi died in the early hours of Friday.
“With total submission to the Will of the Almighty God, His Excellency Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, governor of Gombe State, regrets to announce the passing away of His Excellency Mr. David Miyim Albashi, deputy governor of Gombe State, who died in Germany in the early hours of this morning.
“Accordingly, His Excellency has declared a seven-day period of mourning in the state with effect from Friday, 4th November, 2011.
“The Eid-el-Kabir celebration, which will be observed during this period, will, therefore, be low-keyed”.
Albashi was involved in a car crash on Aug. 28 on the Gombe-Yola road.
He was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, the same day and transferred to the National Hospital, Abuja, on Sept. 6.
Thereafter, he was flown to Germany on Sept. 15 for further medical attention.
Born on Jan. 15, 1959 in Tiksir, Kindiyo-Cham in Balanga local government area of Gombe State, Albashi attended Zakawon Primary School in Adamawa from 1970 to 1976.
From there, he enrolled at Teachers’ College, Toro, Bauchi State, from 1977 to 1981, where he obtained the Grade II Teachers’ Certificate before proceeding to the Kaduna Polytechnic, where he obtained a National Certificate in Education (NCE).
Albashi also obtained a Higher Diploma in Business Management and a post graduate diploma from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, in 2006 and 2009 respectively.
He was a deputy chairman of Balanga local government council, member of the Board of Directors, Bauchi State Investment and Property Development Company, from 1993 to 1997.
The deceased also served as a member of the Governing Council of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra state, as well as the Commissioner for water resources, works and agriculture in the state from 2003 to 2010.