LATE SYLVANUS EBOIGBE LAID TO REST

The roll call of dignitaries that attended the burial ceremony of late N. Dr. SylvanusEboigbe was endless, as very important personalities from within and outside the State were present to pay their last respect to the deceased and to condole with the family of the renowned native doctor, philanthropist and astute politician of Owa kingdom. The burial ceremony which took place at 48, Oye Road, Owa-Alero, Ika North-East Local Government Area was held on Saturday, September 25th, and Sunday, September 26, 2010.

In a chat with Ika Weekly concerning the death of his father, Hon. IfeanyiEboigbe Special Assistance to the Governor of Delta State on Protocol, and first son of the deceased, said that his father was a role model, humble and a dedicated husband and father. He described his father as a peacemaker who was very generous, industrious and caring so much that people called him their father, aliasOmeneka,Omenonu. He added that his father was still planning to do more before the cold hand of death snatched him from the family on August 6, 2010 at about 2.00pm. "Those we love never go away. They walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, still near, still dear and caring, just like my dad," he said.

Also speaking, Eboigbe Sunday said that it was a shock and surprise that death could take his dear father away from him. He said that he did not know that the last time he would see his father was after his camping programme in the National Youth Service Corps scheme when they both spent time together. He also described his late father as a great personality, hard working, and counselor, gentle, loving, kind, caring and selfless. He said that his father has helped in placing his and other children in the community in better places in the society, and prayed that he sleeps on till the resurrection day.

Late Pa SylvanusEboigbe was born on June 20, 1944 to the family of Mr. and Mrs. IsiborEboigbe (Deceased) of Alioye Quarters, Owa-Alero. He learnt histraditional medicine from his father at the age of six years, and later got his license as a practicing medical doctor in 1962. He was a great farmer of high repute who also employed men to work with him in the farm. He went into politics in 1978 under the Unity Party of Nigeria. He was made the Peoples Democratic Party chairman in Ward 2, Owa-Alero between 1998 and 2008. As part of his philanthropic gestures, late Pa Eboigbe sank a borehole in his residence where members of the community went to fetch water free of change. He was said to have given all his children quality education during his life time.

Late Pa SylvanusBoi, Eboigbe is survived by sixteen children, twenty-four grand-children and three great grand-children. His remains were committed to mother earth in the evening of Saturday, September 25, 2010

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