The Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Dan Manjang says he is surprised he is 60 years old.
Manjang turned 60 on Sunday, praised by the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.
A press statement issued by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor felicitated with Manjang “for attaining the landmark age of 60 years.”
The Governor described Manjang as a committed member of his administration who has given his best in communicating the programmes and projects of the Government.
On Tuesday however, when friends and colleagues of the Commissioner hosted him for a surprise birthday party, Manjang said “When did I become 60?”
According to him, the years have flown so fast that he did not realize he was aging.
His words, “I know when I went to Primary School, Secondary school and University and it just feels like yesterday. But looking back and seeing that I graduated in 1988 which is about 33 years now, I believe that I am 60.
“It is also true that I am 60 because when I was born, my father was working with Europeans in the mining camp so they must have documented my birth.
“It is true that I am 60 because once you’re 45 and above, you start supporting yourself with drugs and that is what I am doing now.”
Manjang appreciated God, friends and relations for supporting him through the years, while paying tributes to his deceased mates, including his secondary school classmate, AIG Dan Bature who died last week.
Dan is a fascinating individual, said Mr. Joseph Lengmang, the Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency. At the birthday hangout in Jos, Joseph and other officials – Mr. Gyang Musa, the State Commissioner of Science and Technology, and Mr. Silas Vem, the Chief of Staff, Deputy Governor’s Office prayed for more 60 years for Manjang.
The Chairman of Dan’s Riyom Local Government, Mafeng Gwalson however hopes that he would transfer his knowledge and experience to others, to grow the society beyond his existence.
“The richest place is the grave. This is because a lot of untapped knowledge and experience is stored there. Our prayer is that your grave will be the poorest because you’d have been able to use the time you have to inspire others,” said Mr. Gwalson.
Dan is expected to host Government officials and sports enthusiasts on a golf tournament on Saturday, to mark his 60th birthday.