GOVERNOR Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has announced a seven-day mourning for his immediate predecessor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, who died last Friday, aged 65, even as more condolence messages and tributes poured in for the deceased.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Senator Danjuma Goje, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA and Bode Olajumoke, were among those that sent in their condolences, yesterday.
Tambuwal, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, said the deceased was a nationalist who championed unity and tolerance among the people.
He described him as a fulfilled gentleman who shared his vast knowledge and experience with many politicians within and outside his state.
While condoling with the people of Ondo over the death, Tambuwal prayed to God to give the deceased’s family fortitude to bear the loss.
Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, described his death as a painful loss to the country, Ondo State, which he served for years and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Akpabio, who is also the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, in a statement by his Special Assistant Media, Mr. Jackson Udom said “Agagu was a revered leader whose wealth of experience would have been effective in reclaiming the South-west states for the PDP.
”I am shocked by this death. It is a great loss to the country because he was a leader with a vast experience, having served as a Minister of Aviation and later governor.
But the loss is heavier to the PDP family, especially at a time that it needs experienced politicians like Agagu to chart the course for the complete reconciliation and subsequent electoral victory of the party in the South-west region.”
On his part, Senator Goje in a statement by his media aide, Ahmed Yaro, said: “It came to me as a shock, a very rude shock. Dr. Agagu was an absolute gentleman, quite brilliant, and very patriotic.
“When we ran the Power and Steel Ministry together, you could see his passion for the country. He was very dedicated and committed. It must have been these qualities that the people of Ondo State saw in him, and for which they elected him governor in 2003.
TUC in a message by its President and Secretary General, Bobboi Kaigama and Musa Lawal respectively, said they were saddened by the fact that we have had cause to condole five prominent Nigerian families in less than two months over the death of their loved ones who were snatched away in their prime by the cold hands of death.”
NMA, through a statement by its President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, said “the circumstances of Agagu’s unfortunate death also reignite our fervent call on Nigerians to cultivate the right habit of consulting their licensed medical doctors/dentists for periodic health check-ups in view of the benefits, which include reduction in the spine-chilling incidence of sudden deaths amongst Nigeria’s productive men and women.
“As a way of immortalising this great son of Ondo State, we wish to most humbly request the Governor and Government of Ondo State to consider declaring a public holiday dedicated to free health check-up for citizens of Ondo State.
On his part, Senator Olajumoke said: “His death has come too soon at 65, and the PDP political family of Ondo State and Nigeria have lost a formidable member, an intellectual and a great tactician and organiser.
“During his tenure as governor, he left indelible marks in every local government and ward of Ondo State.
“May the good Lord accept Him in His bosom and give all of us, but in particular his dear wife, Funke and the children the fortitude to bear this loss.”
Also the Director-General of National Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye, said: “It is sad that Dr. Agagu, a scrupulous and brilliant politician would pass on at a time the nation required his service most. I pray that the Almighty shall give his family and close associates the fortitude to bear the loss.”
A mega supermarket, Grocery Bazaar in the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area was last week opened to public following a demand for a conducive shopping center.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Council’s Chairman, Hon. Kehinde Bamgbetan expressed joy at the location of the market saying that “this will certainly bring about more development to the area”
Bamgbetan expressed gratitude to management of Grocery Bazaar for employing youths in and around Ejigbo town.
The Council boss who was represented by Mrs. Oyinye Okoroji noted that the location of the supermarket has added value to the commercial of the town.
Speaking in similar vein, Managing Director of Grocery Bazaar, Mr. Sam Ejeh said that the Ejigbo branch is the second in three years adding that in ten years time the whole of the Mainland would have been taken over by Grocery Bazaar.
Meanwhile, Ondo State government has declared a seven-day mourning for the former governor, beginning from today.
Governor Mimiko in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola ordered that condolence registers be opened at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, the state’s liaison offices in Lagos and Abuja and the headquarters of the 18 local government areas of the state.
The governor also called on indigenes and residents of Ondo State to remember the Agagu family in their prayers.