Benue State Government has pledged to take over the education of children of late Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Emmanuel Ikwulono up to university level.
Governor Samuel Ortom announced this in Obagaji, Agatu Local Government Area during the funeral of the deceased, saying the late Commissioner’s children deserved academic support.
The governor stated that the late Ikwulono was a brilliant man who became a medical consultant at a relatively young age and had instant impact as a member of the State Executive Council.
He, on behalf of the State Government, prayed God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Deputy Governor, Mr. Benson Abounu described the death of Dr. Ikwulono as devastating and touching, saying the deceased was intelligent, committed and ready to learn fast.
Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Titus Uba said the deceased left for medical attention with expectations from his family and colleagues that he would return hale and hearty, describing the death as quite painful.
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House of Representatives member for Agatu, Mr. Godday Samuel in a funeral oration said the deceased was one of their very best who struggled against all odds to attain greatness, saying he was intelligent and humble.
Chairman Central Planning Committee for the burial and Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Anthony Ijohor (SAN) said heading the burial committee was one of the most difficult assignments he had ever handled, saying the young Ikwulono came into the State Executive Council full of hope and commitment to serve.
Others who gave funeral orations amid emotions included the State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, John Ngbede and Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Mr. Michael Gusa.
Dr. Ikwulono died at the age of 43.