Posted by News Express | 7 April 2017 | 5,047 times
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday showered encomiums on the late Chief Christopher Pere Ajuwa, describing him as an astute politician, Ijaw leader and quintessential statesman, whose death left a major vacuum in the state and the Ijaw Nation at large.
Speaking at a funeral service in honour of the deceased at the Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, Hon. Dickson remarked that his contributions to the socio-economic and political growth of Bayelsa State and Nigeria will be forever remembered.
The late Pere Ajuwa, according to him, had an infectious spirit, which was easily noticed by everyone who came across him, just as he also had to his credit, the habit of empowering young Bayelsans and Nigerians, through his vast business concerns and robust philanthropy.
For his numerous and outstanding contributions, the governor announced the renaming of the road, leading to Azikoro community after him, which he said has become the culture of his administration to honour every true son and daughter of the state, who made significant impression in various areas.
“Political life should be all about service and all those who serve Bayelsa well will not be forgotten. Leaders of men often count their wealth by the number of leaders they have made. God Himself instituted leadership and that is a scared calling,” Dickson said.
“For us to move forward, we must know and encourage them, respect and honour them. He was the first Ijaw man to contest for the office of President of Nigeria and believed in himself as qualified enough and also believed strongly in the struggle for Ijaw,” the Governor added.
He assured the Pere Ajuwa family that they can count on his administration to support them going forward and also encouraged them to continue to carry and sustain his good name and the many great legacies he left behind.
In their separate tributes, former lawmakers in the senate, John Brambaifa, Inatimit Rufus-Spiff, Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson, and the Chief of Staff Government House, Rt. Hon. Talford Ongolo all eulogised the late Chief Ajuwa, making reference to him as a mentor.
In her vote of thanks, his first daughter and the Bayelsa Commissioner for Tourism Development, Mrs Ebiere Ajuwa-Musa, thanked Governor Dickson and people of the state for their notable roles they played in honouring her father.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to Governor Dickson on Religious Matters gave a word of exhortation drawing it from the book of Numbers chapter 23 verse 10.
The funeral service attracted politicians, traditional rulers, captains of industry, opinion leaders, women and youths from within and outside the state.
The late Chief Pere Ajuwa passed on early this year at the age of 70 after a brief illness and will be laid to rest this weekend.
•Photo shows Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson discussing with Mrs. Helen Kemi Pere Ajuwa during a funeral Service in honour of her husband, Chief Christopher Pere Ajuwa, on Thursday at the Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Government House Yenagoa.
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