By Shola Akingboye 18th April, 2020
It was another painful experience as staffs and colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were thrown in mourning on Tuesday 14th, 2020, over the sudden death of their fellow staff, Late Mrs Juliana Dung Dazung, described as a dedicated personality per excellence, this time not of COVID-19 pandemic, but an untimely call to glory as narrated by a friend and colleague, Mr. Kimiembi Ebienfa of the Ministry.
Juliana, born 15th January, 1977 and died 14th April, 2020 at age 43, according to Ebienfa, who is an associate and friend of the diseased. In a chat with RegentAfrica Times, he described how painful Juliana’s death meant to him and many staff at the Ministry of Foreign affairs, says the late Juliana was hale and hearty until death came calling.
“She went for a walk that faithful day to ease boredom of the lockdown in Jos, Plateau State, collapsed and was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately died in the process.”
“Julie, as she was fondly called by her colleagues, was a hardworking, friendly and a patriotic Diplomat”
“It is indeed painful to note that my colleague and friend will be laid to rest today in Jos, Plateau State”. He laments.
Eulogising the departed further, Ebienfa gave a sketch biography of the late Dazung:
Late Juliana Dazong, a graduate of French Language from the prestigious University of Jos in Plateau State, was employed, as a Foreign Service Officer, into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 13th of February 2013.
Following her appointment, she proceeded to the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy, Ijianikin, Lagos State for the mandatory Diplomatic Training Programme, as part of the 21st Regular Course of the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy, between September, 2013 and April, 2014.
As part of the Training Programme, she also obtained a Master’s Degree in International Law and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos in 2015. Late Juliana performed excellently at the Foreign Service Academy, which set her on a path for a fulfilling career in the Foreign Service.
During her short sojourn in the Diplomatic profession, she served in notable Departments/Divisions at the Ministry which includes Training and Staff Welfare Division, as a Second Secretary, from 2015-2017.
She also served the government of Nigeria at the Consulate of Nigeria in Douala, Cameroon from 2017-2018. Upon her return to Nigeria from Cameroon, Late Juliana served as Second Secretary at the Directorate of Technical Aid Corp (TAC), an agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2018 until her untimely demise on Tuesday, 14th April 2020.
“She will be sorely missed by the entire members of the 21st Regular Course of the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy and the entire Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
“May her gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Almighty God.” Kimiembi Ebienfa added.