Obaseki praises late Chief Ighodalo – Nigerian Observer
…as the family sets up a 25 million naira microfinance program for women and awards scholarships to four needy students
Edo State Governor Mr Godwin Obaseki has described the father of Alaghodaro Economic Summit LTD/GTE Chairman and Sterling Bank Plc Chairman Dr Asue Ighodalo, late Chief Jeremiah Aghedo Ighodalo as a man patriotism of Edo which defended unity. and friendliness.
The governor made the remarks during the 10-year memorial service for the late Chief Jeremiah Aghedo Ighodalo this weekend in Ewohimi, Esan South East Local Government Area of the state.
Among the dignitaries present at the event are the First Lady of Edo State, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki; former Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke; Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; State Government Secretary, Osarodion Ogie Esq. ; Special Advisor on Media Projects, Crusoe Osagie and other members of the state executive council.
Obaseki said, “He dragged his whole clan with him and valued education. He became the beacon of hope for every Mid-Western and Edo who had the privilege of being in Ibadan when he was there.
“We are here to celebrate our late father’s achievement in the former Mid-West region, Bendel and Edo State. I commend the children for keeping their father’s legacy of education and discipline and his memory alive. We thank God for his life. We will continue to celebrate his life and his time.
The governor commended the Ighodalo family for adopting the Ewohimi Primary School, noting that the government cannot fund education alone but would need partners to develop the state education system.
“We are not surprised that the family took this position because their father was an advocate for education. We need to work with them and show them our view of school disarticulation and make sure it is followed through,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Chairman of Alaghodaro Economic Summit LTD/GTE and Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc, Dr Asue Ighodalo expressed his gratitude to the Governor and his entourage for honoring the 10-year memorial service of his late father.
He said the family had decided to adopt the Ewohimi primary school and make it one of the best in the state, adding that a microfinance program had been funded with N25 million to empower Ewohimi women.
“We will also establish a foundation in memory of our father to award scholarships to four brilliant Ewohimi students who are good at English, medicine, economics and accounting.”
The officiating minister, Pastor Lawrence Ebhodaghe, congratulated the late Ighodalo on the legacy he left behind. He encouraged members of the congregation to emulate the good life that Chief Ighodalo led and encouraged the children to follow in their late father’s footsteps.