Taraba State Government has presented a request before the state House of Assembly seeking permission to renamed the state owned airport after the deceased former governor of the state, Mr. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai.
Danfulani Suntai died in Orlando, Florida, United States of America on June 28 after surviving a plane crash in Yola, Adamawa State capital.
Incumbent governor, Mr. Darius Dickson Ishaku who announced decision on Tuesday described the deceased as an “unforgettable leader.”
“If I am able to obtain their (lawmakers’) support, the airport will be named Danbaba Danfulani Suntai Airport,” he said.
There have been calls for the Taraba State University (TSU) to be named after the deceased governor -for establishing the institution, but his predecessor (Ishaku) said Suntai’s soul will be happier if he is immortalised with the airport. “He had love for the skies.”
Ishaku announced that “preparations were in top gear for Suntai to get a state burial on August 5.”
He said: “I wish to appeal to all Tarabans to pray for Suntai’s family and the burial committee members as we enter the emotional days that lie ahead for the people of Taraba State.
“We must all come together as a people to give this amiable leader of ours a befitting burial. On the part of government, we are doing everything possible to give him the honour that he deserves.”
Suntai’s Aide-de-Camp, Chief Security Officer and the Chief Detail, who were aboard the ill-fated private Cessna plane that crashed have survived and are all doing well.