Category: Burials and Condolences

Gov. Diri Eulogises Late Kalama

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described late High Chief Felix Pere Kalama as a man who lived an impactful life worthy of emulation.


Senator Diri, who eulogised the former foremost banker and politician on Saturday during a funeral service at Agbere in Sagbama  Local Government Area of the state, said the large number of people that came to pay their last respect to the deceased was proof of his impact on those he worked with.


He admonished the gathering that the only legacy anyone can bequeath are the good deeds during your lifetime.
His words: “The only way we can write our testimonial and be remembered is to leave good legacies. We are encouraged that Pere Kalama led a good life worthy of emulation.”


Governor Diri, who said the deceased left at a time the state needed to tap from his wealth of experience in politics, prayed that God would grant the family and the community the fortitude to bear the loss.


Earlier in his exhortation, Pastor of the Refined People’s Assembly, Ken Bitere,  reminded the people of the inevitability of death and the need to positively impact on society and leave a good legacy.

Pastor Bitere urged the people to embrace Jesus Christ and positively touch the lives of others.
High Chief Pere Kalama, who died on April 21, 2021, was born on July 21, 1951 to parents from Agbere and Asamabiri communties in Sagbama Local Government Area.


He had his early education at Agbere and Asamabiri and later Ghana and London.
He was a banker, who served in various capacities and was later appointed as Executive Director of the Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue.

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Madam Tasie Championed Cause Of Widows, Says Gov Diri

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on Saturday, paid tributes to the late Madam Eunice Tasie.


Mrs Tasie, who passed on at the age of 71, is the mother of Mrs Beatrice Ewhrudjakpo, wife of the Bayelsa deputy governor.
Speaking during her funeral at Ibaa community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Governor Diri described her as a virtuous and devout Christian whose invaluable contribution to the development of her family and community can never be quantified. 


His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying that her demise came at a time her community and people around her needed to tap from her fountain of wisdom.
He stated that the deceased lived a fulfilled life worthy of emulation, having championed the cause of women, particularly widows through her religious activities.


Senator Diri, who noted that Bayelsa and Rivers states were one people with a common heritage, said he led a high-powered delegation to pay their last respects to Madam Tasie.
The governor prayed God to comfort the bereaved family over the demise of their matriarch and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.


Also in an interview with journalists, the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, described his mother-in-law’s death as a great loss.
He said death, which is an inevitable end, could come unexpectedly, and urged people to live examplary lives.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo expressed delight that his wife had positive attributes of her mother, which impacted positively on their union.


In her tribute, Mrs Beatrice Ewhrudjakpo, who is the first daughter of Madam Tasie, said her mother was a role model to women.
Mrs Ewhrudjakpo also said that she was a source of inspiration to her educational pursuit and marital life, describing her passage as a hard blow.


In his sermon titled: “Escape for Judgement Is At Hand,” Venerable Eugene Nicholas encouraged people to turn to God in all situations as there would be no hiding place for evildoers on the day of judgement.
Dignitaries at the event included Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere and other state and national lawmakers, including Senators Moses Cleopas (Bayelsa Central) and his Bayelsa West counterpart, Senator Seriake Dickson who was represented by Chief Fyneman Wilson as well as Reps members – Prof. Steve Azaiki and Fred Obua.


Others were the state Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri, President, Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Daniel Ayah, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Konbowei Benson, the state Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Solomon Agwanana and members of the state cabinet among other top government officials.

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Bayelsa Cabinet Commiserates With Deputy Governor, Wife

The Bayelsa State Executive Council at its 30th meeting on Wednesday observed a minute of silence in sympathy with the deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, over the demise of his wife’s mother, Madam Eunice Eberechukwu Tasie.


Madam Tasie, who died on February 3, 2021 at the age of 71, will be interred on Saturday, April 10 at Ibaa Town in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State. 
Governor Douye Diri, at the meeting, urged the cabinet members to join his deputy in paying their last respect to the deceased.


The governor in a condolence message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, also condoled with Mrs. Ewhrudjakpo and her family.
He said Madam Tasie would be fondly remembered as a devoted member of the Anglican Communion, who impacted her community in many positive ways. 


He prayed God to grant the families the fortitude to bear the loss of such a great woman, who provided succour for widows.
The late Mrs Tasie was a member of the New Generation Faith Anglican Church of the Port Harcourt West Archdeaconry. 


She contributed to development of the church in several ways, especially as a member of the Widows Fellowship.
She also served as secretary of a socio-cultural organisation in Ibaa community, which encourages the growth of education and acquisition of entrepreneurial skills, especially by females.

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Gov. Diri Eulogises Mama Azazi, late NSA’s mom

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described Mama Mary Tuapamoeyenemugha Azazi, mother of the late National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi (rtd), as a role model who lived a life worthy of emulation.
Governor Diri spoke at the vigil mass in Yenagoa in honour of Mama Azazi, who died at the age of 103 years.


His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor while condoling with the Azazi family of  Peretorugbene Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state as saying that despite the challenges she encountered in life, she remained strong and kept faith with God. 


The state helmsman urged the living to emulate the worthy lifestyle of the departed centenarian as everyone would be remembered for what they did while alive.
Diri urged the family to take solace in the fact that she lived a good life and sustain her legacy by puting humanity ahead of personal considerations.


He said: “We came here not to mourn a mother who lived up to 103 years. We always pray for long life and prosperity. God blessed our mother with life and with children.
“So, on behalf of the government and good people of the state, I condole with the Azazi family, the Peretorugbene and Ojobo communities, all of us from Bayelsa and Delta states, and indeed the Ijaw race. We lost a mother who is never too old to die.


“I enjoin us to look at the life of our late mother. Even at those critical points that she lost her own children, she still kept believing in God. Let us look at her life as a role model. Let us live a life that the day we are called home, there would be so many good things to be said about us just as we are saying about mama.”
Earlier, the officiating priest, Rev. Fr Anthony Suowari, said the best way to prepare for death is by living a life worthy of emulation. 


Describing death as inevitable, he noted that Mama Azazi lived a good life, and urged those alive to give a good account of themselves before they are called upon by God. 
The mass featured hymns, prayers and communion.

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