By Francis Onyeukwu
Ahead of the burial of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme on Friday, rehabilitation works have intensified at three main areas in Oko, his dwelling city.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) remembers that Ekwueme died in a London hospital on Nov. 19, aged 85.
Our correspondent who visited Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra on Wednesday, to evaluate preparations for the burial of the late elder statesman.
He reviews that employees have been engaged in numerous actions at Ekwueme’s compound, St. John the Divine Anglican Church, Oko, venue for the funeral service, and Federal Polytechnic, Oko, the place guests will likely be entertained.
At his compound in Ezioko village, employees have been seen re-painting buildings and fence, organising tents and adorning the premises in nationwide colors.
Tilers have been additionally seen working on the tomb web site situated in entrance of his home.
Speaking with NAN, Mr Ogochukwu Ekwueme, the seventh son of the deceased, stated that the household was working beneath intense stress to place all the pieces in place earlier than Friday.
“We have lower than 72 hours to the Friday burial of my father and we’re battling to place all the pieces in place.
“As you’ll be able to see, work is in progress in and round our compound.
“Those mounting tents the place our guests will sit are working; the tilers on the tomb aspect are additionally working whereas decorations and re-painting are all in progress.
“In the church, now we have greater than 20 males re-painting the church and other people doing different works.
“We have offered electrical energy for them to even work at night time to ensure they’ve all the pieces in place earlier than Feb. 2, 2018.’’
Ogochukwu additional stated that the Ekwueme household was proud of the function of the Federal and Anambra State Governments to offer a befitting burial to the late elder statesman.
Reacting to the continuing work on the church, the Archdeacon in-charge, Ven. (Dr) David Okparaononuju, informed NAN that he was happy with the repainting of the church forward of Ekwueme’s burial.
Okparaononuju stated that the continuing work being undertaken by an indigene of the neighborhood and the state authorities, was an excellent gesture to the church and “we’ll stay grateful to them.’’
However, he stated that the church was in ache as a result of “our benefactor isn’t any extra.’’
NAN additional reviews the presence of safety personnel guarding the three areas as employees intensify efforts to fulfill set deadlines.
Meanwhile, the Amawbia, Agulu/Nanka/Oko street which hyperlinks Awka to additionally present process rehabilitation to allow motorists attending the burial to have a clean experience to Oko.