Category: Nigerian News
Published: Friday, 20 September 2013
Written by Blackface Team
• Ondo PDP raises 50-man panel
ONDO State Government has fixed October 4 for the interment of the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, whose death occurred on Friday, September 13.
In a three-day burial programme announced by the state Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, the burial event will kick off October 2 at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan being the Tribute Day beginning from 11 a.m.
On October 3, the body of the late politician will leave Lagos for Akure Airport by 9 a.m., while he will lie in state at the Democracy Park, Akure.
Another lying in state cum wake-keep will take place on the same day beginning from 5 p.m. at the Civic Centre Iju-Odo, Okitipupa Local Council.
A burial service will hold for the deceased on the Friday, October 4 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Iju-Odo also in Okitipupa Local Council by 11 a.m. while the remains of the late Agagu will be interred at the same venue with reception following at Manuwa Memorial Grammar School in the same town.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday set up a 50-man committee for “a befitting burial” for Agagu.
State chairman of the party, Ebenezer Alabi, said being the main pillar behind the formation and sustenance of the PDP in Ondo State, “our late leader deserves every honour we can accord him.”
Alabi, who was flanked at the party secretariat venue of the briefing by the PDP candidate in the last governorship poll, Chief Olusola Oke and other chieftains, announced that former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mayowa Akinfolarin, would head the committee.
According to Alabi, “Our late father and former Governor, Olusegun Kokumo Agagu was not only a complete leader and a true mentor, he was a fantastic planner and perfect organiser, a first class administrator, a development expert, a natural visionary and uncommon leader.
“He was a true patriot, an extraordinary statesman, a total administrator, simple, dependable and honest in all matters.
The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, in its message to condole with Ondo government and people described Agagu’s death as a sad loss.
National Chairman of the party, Mallam Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, said yesterday in a statement by his Media Advisor, Alaba Yusuf, that: “Our fellow countrymen and women should endeavour to seek a wealth of good health, and be conscious of the existence of certain life-threatening diseases often referred to as ‘silent killers.”
Ibrahim also wished the families of Dr. Agagu God’s comfort, guidance and unbounded mercy as they trudge along in these trying times of sudden bereavement.
The PDP, which also thanked the state government for the state burial programme and called for immortalisation of the late leader by naming monuments after him.
“Among all the countless projects conceived and executed under his tenure, we hereby wish to propose to Ondo State government to name the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) Okitipupa after Dr. Olusegun Agagu.
“We also propose that the Fiwasaye - Ado/Owo road or the Isinkan - Ondo road in Akure be named Olusegun Agagu freeway and the Ore-Okitipupa highway be named Olusegun Agagu Highway in respect of the southern senatorial district while same should be replicated in the northern senatorial district.”