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Governor Obiano sets up Committee on Akunyili’s burial

By Emeka Ozumba

In fulfillment of his promise to give a befitting funeral to fallen heroes from the State, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has set up an Ad-hoc Committee for the funeral ceremony of the former Minister of Information, and one-time Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Control and Administration (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili who died at an Indian Hospital recently.

The Ad-hoc Committee which will be responsible for the State government's involvement and participation in the burial of Prof Dora Akunyili is chaired by the Secretary to the State Government Mr. Oseloka Obaze. The Committee will work closely with the Akunyili family. The Akunyili family has fixed August 28, this year for the burial of the late Amazon at her husband's country-home at Agulu in Anaocha Local Government Area of the State.

Other members of the Ad-hoc Committee which held its inaugural meeting on 18th June 2014 include; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Professor. Joe Asike; Hon. Commissioner for Local Government, Mrs Azuka Enemuo; Hon. Commissioner for Education; Dr. Victoria Chikwelu, Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs, Professor Kate Omenugha; and Special Assistant to the Governor on Events, Mr. Chido Obidiegwu, and Mrs Dorothy Nwakaego Okafor.

Following the confirmation of the death of the late Dora, Governor Obiano has shown great concern to the deceased in his tributes and subsequently opened a condolence register at the Government House, Awka. While signing the condolence register, governor Obiano wrote:'Dora, my great lady! I remember my last ride with you from my house in Houston to my diaspora function in down town, Houston on January 11, 2014. We spoke at length. Many thanks for your advice. I also thank you for your continued advice and love for Ndi Anambra two days to your departure to India when I visited you in Abuja with my wife. You are a great lady; you are the best, the very best. My family and I and all Ndi Anambra and the world will miss you,' Obiano stated.