By Jonathan Ugbal
President Muhammadu Buhari and the deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu among many other dignitaries, graced the funeral interment of late Elder Adeline Ndoma-Egba, mother of the Chairman of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba at Akparabong, Ikom local government area of Cross River State
The late Adeline died 10 days to her 92nd birthday and was laid to rest beside the grave of her late husband, Justice Ndoma-Egba.
The Independent Newspapers reports that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, who represented President Buhari, urged the family to thank God that mama Adeline who was the matriarch of the Ndoma-Egba’s family lived a fulfilled life and enviable legacies for her generation.
“Your mother was a great woman of honor, her demise is a monumental loss, her positive attitude and lifestyle made a very significant impact as evidenced in having such a lovely family as yours as she left a legacy which includes raising a personality of your standing in the society,” she said.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who also graced the occasion encouraged the family to take solace in the fact that she lived to a ripe old age and lived a selfless life of service to God and humanity.
He averred that: “She has also bequeathed credible legacies as well as numerous worthy off springs to keep her name alive in the kind pages of history.”
Also in attendance was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara who was represented by fourth term Representative of Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi federal constituency, Honorable Essien Ayi.
CrossRiverWatch had reported that a night of tribute had preceded the interment which had the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ivara Esu, the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation, Chief Bayo Ojo SAN, former Governor of Cross River state, Chief Clement Ebri, former Permanent Secretary in the state, Chief Michael Monn, Mr. Paul Erokoro SAN, Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong and host of others in attendance.
Chief Ojo in his remarks had described late Mrs. Ndoma-Egba as a great woman who was “kind hearted to mankind, diligent to her work, great mother and wife, an epitome of your people shall be my people.”
Former Governor Ebri on his part averred that she was a fantastic and a terrific woman. He borrowed the coinage of ace football commentator, late Ernest Okoronkwo and referred to the late Adeline as a “fantasterrific” woman.
He likened her to Florence Nightingale saying Mrs. Ndoma-Egba as a nurse exhibited and functioned with great love, care for humanity and lived a good life in her years with proficiency and productivity.
For Senator Victor, he posited that: “Angels don’t live on earth but in heaven so an angel has gone to where she belongs” while the head of the Ndoma-Egba family, Professor Rowland Ndoma-Egba, averred that she was “an incredible person who lived an incredible life.”
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