By Ovedhe Hezekiah.
The remains of Prof. Abednego Ekoko, a renowned educationist, who also served as a former Delta State Commissioner for Education and one time Sole Administrator of the Delta State University, Abraka, will be laid to rest on Saturday, 12 February, 2022 at his country home, Uzere, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
According to a statement signed by the first son, Edafe Ekoko and Buless Ekoko for the Families, the late administrator who was aged 79 will be buried after a funeral service at the St. Paul s Anglican Church Uzere by 10.00am while the entertainment of guests after interment will take place at the Uzere Grammar School playground.
The statement also disclosed that before the burial of the elder stateman and politician, other activities have been lined up to spice the passage rites beginning with a symposium/tributes session on Wednesday, 9th February, 2022 at the Faculty of Arts, Site 3, Delta State University, Abraka by 10am. On Friday, 11th February, 2022, a service of songs and night of tributes will be held in honour of the departed Professor of Military history at his residence, Oturo Quarter in Uzere, Isoko South Local Area starting from 4.00pm.
After the interment on Saturday, a thanksgiving and outing service will also hold on Sunday 13th February 2022 at the St. Paul s Anglican Church, Uzere.
The late Professor Ekoko who held the titles of Odio-Igho and Oketa of Uzere Kingdom until his death on 6th November 2021, was the Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on Boundary Matters and also among the 8 Member Governing Council set up Governor Okowa last year to oversee the newly established State Universities at Anwai, Agbor and Ozoro.
Professor Abednego Ekoko, one time lecturer at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna is survived by a wife, six children, a sister and several relations including Edafe Ekoko, Chief Agric Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Oleh, Engr. Ujerekre Ekoko, Senior Lecturer, Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku and Barr. (Mrs.) Eruvie Esezobo, a USA based attorney.
The other children are Mrs. Erobor Omonode and Miss Erumena Ekoko (both staff of UNIBEN) and lastly Miss Aghogho Ekoko.
Apart from his Academic, Administrative and political prowess, the late professor Abednego, also a boundary expert will be fondly remembered for his deep love for native Christian music which he usually sang with his alto voice at every given opportunity.