Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, led members of the State Government Council (EXCO) in a solemn valedictory session honouring the late State Commissioner for Transport, Rt. Hon. Mathias Ekweremadu Jnr, who died on February 4, 2021, whereas in lively service.
Delivering his eulogy, Gov. Ugwuanyi who gave a coronary heart rending narrative of how he acquired the unsettling information of late Ekweremadu’s sudden well being problem that ensued when he was attending an official engagement on the State Home of Meeting, disclosed the swift efforts he (Ugwuanyi) personally made to avoid wasting his life, together with his fast go to to Niger Basis Hospital, Enugu, to make sure that he acquired pressing and enough medical consideration.
Declaring that he prayed that it was a nasty dream that will quickly be over, the governor narrated with grief: “On the hospital, I beheld Ezeigbo (Ekweremadu) mendacity immobile amidst tearful supplication to God for his therapeutic by decided Christian brethren, household, mates and employees.
“I sat there in union with prayers for his divine therapeutic. This went on for about two hours earlier than we yielded to the hospital protocol for dealing with dying.
“Excessive-pitched wailing of inconsolable household, brethren, mates and employees hire the air. The fact lastly dawned on all of us that Ezeigbo had gone. Anguish overwhelmed me. The remaining is historical past”.
Eulogizing the late Ekweremadu, Gov. Ugwuanyi stated: “At the moment and sadly, I pay my respect to a departed apostle of our administration, a patriot, a formidable politician; daring and audacious and an excellent Public Servant; former Chairman of Aninri Native Authorities Council, former Member/Chief Whip of Enugu State Home of Meeting, Commissioner for Transport till dying, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), beloved husband, loving father and most significantly, a religious Christian and Knight of Good Shepherd”.
He added that the Transport Commissioner was a public-spirited man who lived for and served others, stressing that “it’s on document that he travelled to Nnewe Group of his native Aninri LGA on the morning of that unhappy day, distributing college lockers and seats to major faculties in that group earlier than main the State Ministry of Transport to honour the invitation by the State Home of Meeting Committee on Transport which grew to become his final engagement on this mundane world”.
Gov. Ugwuanyi who acknowledged that the Enugu State Government Council, the federal government and folks of the state, the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) household, the folks of Aninri LGA, family and friends of the late Ekweremadu, will miss him, stated: “Our fortitude rests in our conviction that via the mercy of Almighty God, you have got joined the hosts of heaven; praising God and glorifying his Holy identify”.
Of their separate tributes, members of the State Government Council, described their late colleague as a person of integrity who displayed ardour, character, steadfastness and ingenuity in public service.
The EXCO members who later joined Gov. Ugwuanyi and his deputy, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo to bid late Ekweremadu farewell, expressed grief over his dying and beseeched God to grant his mild soul everlasting relaxation in addition to console his household and family members.
The occasion was graced by the spouse and kids of the late Transport Commissioner, his brothers, Mr. Vibrant Ekweremadu and Senator Ike Ekweremadu who got here together with his spouse, Dr. Nwanneka, the Deputy Minority Chief, Federal Home of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu and the member representing Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Dennis Amadi.
Others embody the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Dr. Emmannuel Chukwuma, the State Chairman, Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Emmanuel O. Edeh, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, different heads of safety companies within the state, high authorities functionaries, amongst others.