Category: Burials and Condolences

Gov Diri Offers Scholarship, Jobs To Late PDP Women Leader’s Children

Bayelsa State government has offered scholarship and immediate employment to four children of the late women leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, Dame Gloria Igbeta.

Governor Douye Diri made the pronouncement on Saturday during Dame Igbeta’s funeral service at Otuasega community in Ogbia Local Government Area.

Governor Diri described the late female politician as a woman of integrity and strong principles.

According to the governor, the deceased was a committed member of the PDP and worked for the success of the party in the face of temptation to renege on her principles.

He urged people to emulate her stable character, which endeared her to many as attested to by the number of people that came to pay their last respects.

While condoling with the family, Governor Diri urged them to take solace that she died as a believer who led a good life.

His words: “She was a serious activist of our party; a serious supporter of our Prosperity Government.

“This was a woman of character, a woman of honour, a woman of integrity, who stood by what she believed in and worked in what she believed in.  Even in the face of temptation, she stood by our party in thick and thin.

“Let us all learn from our late sister and the value she added to society. To be stable, to have character and honour.

“In recognition of the role she has played and the support she gave to the party and government till the last day of her life, the Prosperity Government will undertake the training of her two children that are still in school.  

“I also learnt that two of her children are engineers. As a state in need of professional engineers, I hereby direct the Head of Service to give automatic employment to them.” 

In his remarks, brother of the late women leader, Mr. Christian Igbeta, thanked the governor and the PDP for their support to the bereaved family.

Madam Igbeta died as a result of a fatal road accident in Yenagoa, which also claimed the lives of eight others on December 4.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor 
December 19, 2021

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Gov Diri Extols Late Erefamokuma’s Qualities

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has praised the legacies of late Chief Charles Erefamokuma, father of the member representing Brass Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly, Charles Daniel.

Speaking at the funeral service on Friday in honour of late Erefamokuma at Twon-Brass, Governor Diri said the deceased worked for the success of his family and community. 

He noted that the progress of his children as well as the crowd at his funeral were testimonials of the worthy legacies he bequeathed. 

The governor lauded Erefamokuma for training his children to be responsible members of society and urged parents to emulate him, stressing that well-bred children impact positively on any society.

Describing the death of Chief Erefamokuma as painful, he urged members of his family and community to take solace in his good life. 

His words: “There is nobody too old or too young to die. Therefore, at the age of 81, we have lost a father. A man with wisdom that we all have relied on. However, life and death is in the hands of God.

“May I on behalf of our government extend gratitude to the family of late Chief Charles Erefamokuma, a man who has worked very hard for the success of his family and community. 

“His good works are speaking for him. That is why we have this crowd here to bid him farewell.

“He brought up his children well. As families and parents, we should emulate him. All of us gathered here should imbibe the qualities of late Charles Erefamokuma. 

“For us, we will continue to console you and stand with you. For the fact that God has kept him up to 81 years, we are indeed celebrating his life.”

Governor Diri also paid homage to the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass, King Alfred Diette Spiff, and the Twon-Brass Council of Chiefs where he cautioned the people against politics of violence, saying the area needed peace to develop. 

He again spoke on efforts by his administration to construct the Nembe-Brass road and assured the people of the area of his determination to make it a reality.

The governor was accompanied by Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, some members of the Assembly and the state Executive Council as well as other top government officials.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor 
Friday, December 3, 2021

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Diri Pays Tribute to Adokeme, Late Uniport Alumni President

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described the late national president of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association, Chief Christopher Adokeme, as a man of many parts that impacted positively on various facets of life.

Governor Diri stated this on Tuesday evening at the service of songs in honour of the deceased at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenagoa.

The governor, who is also an alumnus of the University of Port Harcourt, noted that Chief Adokeme was a goal-getter that stopped at nothing to achieve what he wanted.

He said he died when his services were still needed.

According to the governor, Adokeme, as an entrepreneur, was a pacesetter in the transportation sector in the state and influenced other Bayelsans to go into the business.

He said that the testimonies of various speakers about the life of the deceased attested to his indelible mark on those that came across him in his lifetime.

His words: “Chris was a man of many parts. He was a journalist, entrepreneur, sports administrator and lover. He was also a traditionalist and a goal-getter who went the whole hog to achieve whatever he wanted.

“Chris impacted not only on his family but also on Bayelsa State and Nigeria as a whole. He died when his services were needed most.”

He urged the family to take solace that he led a good life and had gone to meet his creator who every mortal would meet someday.

In his sermon, the Regional Overseer, Ogbia Region of the Mountain of Fire Ministries, Pastor O. Onuoha, advised all to always be conscious that their life on earth was temporal and that the living would die one day to meet their creator.

While calling on all to always be prepared to give account of their lives on earth, Pastor Onuoha said God sees and knows everything done in secret.

The programme featured prayers, praise and worship, goodwill messages by family members, friends and associates.

Daniel Alabrah
Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor 
September 15, 2021

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Diri Condoles With Kolokuma Monarch’s Family Over Slain Brother

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described the death of Engr. Peremokubo Agara as a huge loss not only to his family but also to the state and Nigeria
Speaking when he condoled with the Agara family at the palace of the Ibedaowei of Kolokuma Kingdom in Kaiama, Governor Diri said the late Agara was a man of love and peace who contributed immensely to the development of his Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area and the state.

The governor in s statement by his Chief press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, recalled how Agara represented the state government in resolution of disputes with oil companies, particularly Shell Petroleum Development Company.
He stated that his administration had concluded plans to engage his services in his area of expertise before his untimely death. 

Conveying the grief of the state government, Diri said the deceased was killed at a time his services were needed most even as he urged his family to take solace in the fact that he left a worthy legacy.
His words: “We are here to condole and mourn with our King of Kolokuma clan, who lost his beloved younger brother that contributed and added value not only to his family but to his local government, Bayelsa State and Nigeria at large.

“As I went through the handover notes upon assumption of office, part of what I read was about our late brother that represented the state in oil-related issues. One of them was the issue between Bayelsa State and Shell.
“Engineer Agara was not ill. He was peace-loving and anywhere he went he exuded love and friendliness. Nobody knew he would be brought down by a bullet. But it has happened and we cannot question God.”

The governor expressed sadness over the circumstances of his death and assured that the state government in collaboration with Delta State would ensure that those who kidnapped and killed him are brought to book.
Responding, the King of Kolokuma Kingdom, Onya Mozi Agara, expressed gratitude to Governor Diri for the visit, saying the family was strengthened by his show of love. 

He prayed God to continue to guide the governor in the onerous task of developing the state.

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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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