Elder Statesman, Samuel Ogbemudia Laid To Rest

ogbemudia3The remains of late elder statesman and two-time Governor of Mid-Western State and later Bendel State, Brigadier General Samuel Ogbemudia (rtd), has been laid to rest.

Dr. Ogbemudia was buried at his residence in Ihaya Street, Benin City, following an interdenominational service held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in the Edo State capital.

A combined team of clergymen from the Christian Association of Nigeria, Edo and Delta chapters took charge of proceedings at the venue.

Family, friends, close associates, past and serving Governors of Edo and Delta states, as well as members of National Assembly and their state counterparts also witnessed the ceremony where they paid their last respects to the two-time Governor.

In a sermon titled “the man and his works”, Bishop Oyonude Kure said the late Ogbemudia by his laudable achievements as an administrator lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.

Shortly after the sermon there were tributes from former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsley Otuaro among others.

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Dr. Ogbemudia died on Thursday, March 9 at the age of 84 at a private hospital in Lagos.

While serving as Governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Ogbemudia initiated improvements in the areas of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing, commerce and agriculture.

Wike Mourns Late Ogbemudia, Condoles With Family

Wike Mourns Late Ogbemudia, Condoles With FamilyRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the former Governor of Defunct Mid-West and Bendel states, late Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia as a development champion who contributed his quota to the growth of country.

The Governor said this in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu.

He noted that he received the news of the death of Dr. Ogbemudia with shock, adding that the late Governor passed away when Nigeria was profiting from his wisdom.

Governor Wike paid tribute to the former administrator for his commendable service to Nigeria as a military officer, patriotic politician, leader and sports promoter.

He condoled with the immediate family of the deceased, as well as the people of Edo and Delta states on the demise of the former governor.

The Governor prayed God to grant the family and good people of Edo and Delta states the courage to bear the loss.

A spokesman for the family, Gentleman Amegor, said Dr. Ogbemudia died on Thursday night at the age of 84 at a private hospital in Lagos.

While serving as Governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Ogbemudia initiated improvements in the areas of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing, commerce and agriculture.

Edo Govt. Declares Seven Days To Mourn Ogbemudia

Edo Govt. Declares Seven Days To Mourn OgbemudiaThe Edo State Government has declared seven days mourning for the death of former Military Governor of defunct Mid-West State and defunct Bendel State, Brigadier General Samuel Ogbemudia (rtd).

The State Government also announced the opening of a condolence register at the Government House in Benin City.

A statement endorsed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Mayaki, said interested people in the state can send in their condolences on the passing on of the renowned political leader whose strong foundation in governance helped to consolidate the infrastructural, social and economic development of both Delta and Edo states, which comprised the old Bendel State.

“The register will be open from 8am to 4pm for seven days starting from today, March 10 at the Government House in Benin City, as well as all the 18 local governments across the state,” the statement said, adding that “the condolence register will remain open on Saturday and Sunday”.

A spokesman for the family, Gentleman Amegor, said Dr. Ogbemudia died on Thursday night at the age of 84 at a private hospital in Lagos.

While serving as Governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Ogbemudia initiated improvements in the areas of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing, commerce and agriculture.