By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike on Friday charged the Rivers State Committee for funeral of late Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Emmanuel Aguma, to ensure a befitting burial.
The committee headed by former House of Reps Deputy Speaker, Austin Opara, is charged to plan for Aguma’s burial mid September.
Inaugurating the team at the Government House Port Harcourt, Wike said the elaborate State Burial Committee was informed by the outstanding contributions to the development of the state.
The governor said the committee cuts across different sectors of the state to ensure that all facets linked to the Former Rivers Attorney General participate actively in the burial.
“We are doing this because of his contributions to the growth of the state. That is why we have an elaborate committee.
“All sectors are represented to ensure that we give him a befitting burial. The family, the bar association, works ministry, family, friends, political parties are all involved.
“This is a committee to give our friend and brother a befitting burial. This is a painful thing. Let’s work to give him the last respect.”
Chairman of the committee, Opara wished the committee was for the celebration of the outstanding qualities of the late legal luminary, Aguma, describing his death as painful.
“It is a sad thing that we have to bury him at this time. Your Excellency, we share in your grief. He was not just an Attorney General, he was also your friend”, Opara empathised with Wike.
The Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives assured the governor that the committee would deliver on the assignment entrusted to them.