Sambo, the son of Daju Gyang-ja and Ngo Gako (MuduDagai) was born on August 15th, 1938 in Riyom, present day Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

He had his Primary School education in Riyom and Pankshin between 1945 end 1949 from where he proceeded to Government College, Keffi for his Secondary Education, graduating with Distinctions in 1955. He later attended the then, Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria from 1958 to 1960, where he obtained his Advanced Level papers in Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

In 1964, Samba Daju obtained the Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons.) in Physics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He later bagged a PHD in X-Ray Spectrum of Crab Nabulus from the University of Bristol, England in 1968.

Subsequently, having obtained his PhD, he returned to Nigeria and lectured at the Department of Physics, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1969 to 1972. He later transferred his service to the Department of Physics in the College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, as Senior Lecturer from March 1972 to January 1973.

In 1973, the Benue-Plateau State Government, found him worthy, and appointed him Commissioner for Education, where he served until July 1975. From there he was called upon to serve in a Federal Capacity as a Commissioner in the Federal Public Service Commission from 1975-1979.

After his tenure at the Federal level, he returned home and became Plateau State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, in November 1979, and Commissioner for Education in 1981.

Having served the State meritoriously, he returned to the classroom as a Lecturer in the Physics Department of University of Jos, as well as the School of Remedial Studies where he was until his untimely demise, on January 19, 1986.

It is worthy of note, that he was the pioneer President of the Berom Educational and Cultural Organization (BECO). Dr. Sambo is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren as well as other relatives.

 

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