Monday, March 13, 2017 8:22 am
The Edo State Government has set up a 13-member committee to plan the burial of late former governor of defunct Bendel state, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, who died on Thursday at 84.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee is headed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Osarodion Ogie.
Inaugurating the committee in Benin on Sunday, the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, directed it to liaise with Ogbemudia’s family to ensure a befitting burial for him.
The burial of the elder statesman, who was military and civilian governor of the Bendel at different times, has been slated for March 17 in compliance with his instruction that his body should not be kept in the morgue for long.
The deceased was said to have instructed that, on his demise, his remains should be buried within seven days and his corpse not displayed in public.
Members of the committee are the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr Taiwo Akerele, who will serve as Deputy Chairman, Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, Chief Osaro Idah and former APC governorship aspirant, Maj.-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (retd).
Others are two permanent secretaries in the state’s civil service, six persons from the Ogbemudia family and a representative of Delta State Government.
Obaseki had, during his visit to the family on Saturday, said that a committee would be set up to liaise with the family to give Ogbemudia a befitting burial.