By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom State Chapter has inaugurated a 32-man Burial Committee to oversee the burial of its late State Chairman, Hon Iniobong Titus Okopido and his elder brother.
It would be recalled that the late Chairman, Hon Okopido died in August 5, 2020 after a brief illness just as he was planning for the burial of his elder brother, a former Minister for State, Environment, Dr ime Okopido who had died earlier in the year.
The Ag. State Chairman of APC, Dr. Ita Udosen while inaugurating the Burial Committee at the Party Secretariat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital, commiserated with the Okopido family in particular and the entire APC family over the death of the late state chairman and the late former minister.
Dr. Udosen said, “the late Okopidos during their life time stood for uprightness, equity, fairness and justice in their interactions with their fellow men”.
He also noted that their death was not only a blow to the state chapter of the party, but also a great loss to the APC family and urged all its members to hold fast to the ideals which they stood for.
The Committee which is chaired by the former senatorial candidate of the party, Chief Inibehe Okori, also includes Engr. Akanimo Edet Deputy Chairman, Sir. Cosmas Ibanga, Secretary, while Dr. Amadu Attai, Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, Hon. Godwin Afangideh, Mr. Augustine Ekanem, Chief Sunny Ibanga, Bishop Ekpe James, Prince Perry Ntuk, Rt. Hon. Uwem Udoma, Barr. Chris Okorie, Hon. Gabriel Toby, Sir Dr. Inyang Abia, Mr. Sunny Okopido and Barr. Edet Ikotidem, Chief Ita Awak, Dr. Nduehe Esitikot and Mrs. Ekaette Isong among others are members.
The committee which was set up after SWC meeting of the party will among other things, source for funds for the burial and liaise with the family of the late Okopido to accord the late APC chieftain and the former minister, a respectable burial.
Responding, the Deputy Chairman of the Burial Committee, Engr. Akanimo Edet in his remarks on behalf of the committee members, said the two brothers died at a time when their political services as chairman of the APC and former minister was most needed and crucial.
Recalling his days in the party, Engr Edet said, “the sudden death of our Chairman will continue to be fresh in our memories not only because we share the same ideological ideals, but also for the fact that he was a person who was always ready to identify with people in the hours of need”.
He thanked the party for inaugurating the committee and promised to work collectively to ensure the late state chairman and the former minister were given respecting burial.
It was gathered that the remains of both the late APC State Chairman and the late elder brother would be buried on December 5, 2020 in their hometown, Ikot Akpan Anwa village in Ika local government area of the state.