Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, sympathises with the people of Kano, families of late Umar Sa’id Tudunwada, an Ace broadcaster, who died as a result of an accident around Kura local government, some few kilometers away from Kano town on Sunday.
This was contained in a statement by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, which was issued to newsmen immediately after the news of the death broke.
The statement said late Tudunwada’s death according, to the governor is a great loss that leaves wide vacuum in the media practice in the state and the country as a whole, adding that, “not only his families, the state and the media profession would forever remember him as an Icon who left when we all needed him the most.”
The statement added that, Ganduje described the deceased as complete gentleman whose clean character shaped many promising media men an women in the state and beyond.
“With Umar Sa’id Tudunwada, media ethics were carefully adhered to and other practitioners copied character and characteristics of a rare gem.
“Ganduje appreciated that, what Tudunwada left behind, was more than a compendium of ethical standard and good character.
“What we have just lost is, but an embodiment of professionalism, efficiency and effective understanding of today’s media practice,” the statement read in part
Until his death, late Tudunwada was the immediate past Managing Director of Radio Kano. Before then he was a Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Media, for short period of time.
He was a Media Aide to the former governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
He was also one of the leading popular newscasters with the Community Television (CTV), Kano, then, in the 80s.
Tudunwada was with the Radio DW, Germany and Voice of America as an Ace broadcaster then. He later worked with Freedom Radio, as the General Manager for many years, amongst other places he worked and proved his mettle. While shaping the professionals’ engagements in both the newsroom and boardroom.
According to Ganduje, the vast experience of the late Tudunwada made him to be above many of his contemporaries, praying Allah to forgive all his wrongdoings and bless his gentle soul.
“I must urge other practicing journalists to copy from the exceptional professional life of Tudunwada for meaningful development of the profession,”