By Victor Nwachukwu
Owerri, Aug. 14, 2020 Former Imo Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim and Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna on Friday paid special tributes to late former Imo Head of Service (HoS), Dr Agatha Ndugbu.
They paid the tributes when the remains of the statistician cum lawyer was laid to rest in her husband’s compound Amuzi, in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo.
In his tribute, Ohakim described the deceased, who was also a former Chairman, Imo State Civil Service Commission under him, as an ‘epitome of hardwork and diligence’ with sterling attributes worthy of emulation.
He advised the bereaved family to find solace in her legacies of discipline and selflessness which attracted her to people of different social strata.
“Today, we mourn a selfless woman whose devotion to duty, hardwork and diligence come second to none.
“It is our earnest prayer that these legacies be preserved and that they serve as consolation to the family and friends,” he said.
In a sermon, held at St. Jude Catholic Church, Amuzi, Ahiazu Mbaise, Archbishop Obinna described late Ndugbu as a ‘devout christian’ whose life and conduct reflected the tenets of godly fear and devotion.
He advised public servants to emulate the virtues of the deceased, shun corruption, and carry out their duties with the fear of God.
Mr Kelechi Ndugbu, the Chief mourner and son of the deceased, described her mother as a loving, caring and graceful woman of virtue.
He thanked sympathizers for identifying with the family during their time of grief and prayed for journey mercies to all who attended the burial ceremony.
He promised on behalf of his family to keep the legacies left behind by their mother.
Mr Chima Ndugbu, another son of the deceased, in an oration, said her mother was not deterred by the untimely death of her husband but effectively combined the responsibilities of a widow and her service to the nation.
Naija247news reports that the burial ceremony was attended by incumbent Imo HoS, Dr Chibuzor Iwuagwu and acting Imo Chief Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ogugua.
Others are Mr Ugonna Ozuruigbo, a current member of the Federal House of Representatives as well as host of traditional rulers aside others.