The body of Hon Simeon Tarka, Mr Chris Tarka was laid to rest at the Tarka Nachi family home in Wannune, headquarters of Tarka Local Government in Benue state on Friday, 14th June 2019.
In attendance were Senator George Akume, Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Gabriel Suswam, a former Governor of Benue State among family members, political associates and members of the public.
Hon Simeon Tarka, first son of the late minority rights activist, Nationalist, Minister in the Gowon government and Senator in the Second Republic Joseph Tarka, suddenly collapsed and died on the 8th May 2019 in Makurdi as he attended a political meeting.
His immediate junior brother, Chris Tarka who was in Abuja at the time of the tragic event said he gathered information about his brother’s death from those who were with him when he passed on, including his wife.
“My brother, Hon Simeon Tarka attended a political meeting in the Makurdi in the house of Emmanuel Manger, a Commissioner in the Benue state government. His wife was with him at the meeting.
“After the meeting, food was served but he said he was feeling too hot and refused to eat. Instead, he went to the courtyard outside to have some fresh air.
“Out there in the courtyard, he still complained that he was finding it difficult to breath. It was at this point that those around knew that there was something seriously wrong with him.
“They decided to take him to the hospital but when they got there, the doctors pronounced him dead,” Chris said.
Hon Simeon Tarka attended Saint John’s College Kaduna and from there proceeded to an American University for further studies.
On the return of Nigeria to democracy in 1979, he put his studies in the US on hold and returned to Nigeria to join his father in politics. They were all members of the National Party of Nigeria, NPN.
In the elections of 1979, he emerged as the youngest member to be elected into the House of Representatives while his father was elected a Senator.
He died at the age of 65 years.
Similarly, the body of Mr Mathew Twar, the Taraba state PDP Director of Mobilization and Organization was laid to rest at his family home in Dan Anacha, Bali Local Government of Taraba State on the 15th June 2019.
MR. Matthew M. Twar (KSM) was born to the family of Twar Amegh about sixty three (63) years ago. He attended St. Joseph’s Primary School, Takum from 1968 to 1974, and Teachers’ Training College, Keffi (1974 to 1979). He worked with Wukari Local Education Authority from 1979 t0 1981 where he rose to the position of Head Teacher.
A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Mr. Twar bagged a Bachelor of Science (B.SC) Degree in accounting (1986) and Master of Business Administration (MBA, 2005) from the same University. In addition, he had a Post Graduate Diploma in Microfinance Studies from the Anteneo De Manila University, Manila, Philippines.
He also acquired several local and International certificates of proficiency through continuous capacity building courses. He is a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (AICEN).
Mr. Twar worked with the then Gongola State Government in the Office of the Accountant, Gongola State; Highland Bank of Nigeria PLC, Yola as well as the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
His major functions at the NDIC were: Internal Audit; Bank Examination (supervision); Distress Resolution and Liquidation spanning a period of twenty years. He headed the Bank Examination Units of the Corporation at Enugu and Yola Zonal offices before retiring from public service on 5th November, 2014 as an Assistant Director.
On leaving office in 2014, Mr. Twar founded BRIMAT Global Services Limited, a Trading and Consultancy Services Company where he deployed his accumulated wealth of experience in financial matters which has impacted positively on the fortunes of the company. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company.
Mr. Matthew Twar was elected Vice President of Bam U Mkom Multipurpose Co-operative Society Limited in 2014 and served for two consecutive Bam years (2014 & 2015).
He was happily married with four (4) children.