By CrossRiverWatch admin
The remains of late Mama Monica Ungie-Ato Agba, the mother of CrossRiverWatch founder and Editor-in-Chief, Agba Jalingo, was laid to rest on Friday March 18, 2016 in Bedia village of Obudu local government area amidst tears of joy.
Mama Agba who passed away on February 12, 2016 was laid to rest following the traditional Catholic rites with a funeral mass held in her honor before the proper interment on the 25th anniversary of the passing of her late husband, Major S.S.A Agba rtd. (MON) who passed away on March 18, 1991. This was preceded by a Christian wake keep on Thursday March 18, 2016.
The celebrant in his homily described Madam Agba as “A woman who lived a life worthy of emulation, a devout Christian as it is evident in the upbringing of her children who are here present in church today.”
At the grave side in the family’s compound in Bedia, the celebrant also urged the family to keep her memories alive by emulating her Christian values with family members moved to tears and emotions as she was lowered into the grave.
Earlier at the church, Reverend Sr. Eunice Atsu while reading her biography said that “The philanthropy and liberality of one of the matriarchs of the Agba’s family, Mama Ungie-Ato reverberated beyond the walls of the immediate and extended family members to the community members, visitors and strangers.”
The funeral was well attended by family members, friends and associates, including the Governor of Cross River State who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Martin Orim, Commissioner for Special Duties, Victor Agwu, the Special Adviser, Governors’ Office, Ken Aklah, Special Adviser Project Monitoring, Hon. Thomas Aruku, Cross River Envoy to the African Development Bank, Emmanuel Ibeshi, the member representing Obudu constituency in the House of Assembly, Hon. Stephen Ukpukpen, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Zana Akpagu, the Chairman of Obudu Local Government Council, Hon. Emmanuel Ugbe, the Special Adviser Public Affairs to the governor, Hon. Tony Undiandeye, the Special Assistant Media to the governor, Mr. Solomon Asha, SA Security Obudu LGA, Chief Spokesman Agogo, the Obudu Chapter Chairman of the APC, Mr. Mathias Ugbelishor amongst others.
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