The burial of the former Enugu State Commissioner of Transport, Rt. Hon. Matthias Ekweremadu, has been fixed for March 5, this year.
Rt. Hon. Matthias, elder brother of the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and two time member of Enugu State House of Assembly as well as ex-chairman of Aninri Local Government Council of Enugu State slumped and died while defending his Ministry budget on February 4.
Senator Ekweremadu who spoke on-behalf of the deceased family, disclosed the burial date while receiving Governor Nyeson Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State who commiserated with them last week. Governor Wike was accompanied during the condolence visit by his Enugu State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Speaking earlier when he led a delegation from Rivers State to Enugu State Government House and residence of Senator Ekweremadu, respectively, on a condolence visit, Governor Wike described the death as unfortunate and a great loss to the Ekweremadu family, the Government of Enugu State and the entire people of the state.
The Rivers State governor said he was devastated when he received the sad news of the death of Senator Ekweremadu’s brother. Wike equally visited the immediate family of the late Ekweremadu, at his Enugu residence, where he consoled the wife and children, asking them to “take heart as Christians and leave everything to God”.
He urged Governor Ugwuanyi, Senator Ekweremadu and other members of the Ekweremadu family to take solace in the fact that it was the will of God, and that the late Transport Commissioner, who was ex-Chairman of Aninri Local Government Area and former Chief Whip of the State House of Assembly and represented Aninri Constituency, between 2013 and 2019, lived a worthy life and served the nation, Enugu State and humanity meritoriously.
Responding, Senator Ekweremadu, on behalf of his family thanked Gov. Wike for making out time, out of his tight schedule, to visit Enugu State to commiserate with him, the immediate family of his late younger brother, Gov. Ugwuanyi and the people of the state, stressing that such show of solidarity and concern for humanity were deeply appreciated.
Senator Ekweremade appreciated Governor Ugwuanyi for the rare opportunity he gave his younger brother to serve the state as his Commissioner for Transport, stressing that his late brother discharged his responsibilities creditably.
The former Deputy Senate President also thanked Governor Ugwuanyi for the friendship and brotherhood both of them have built over the years and have continued to enjoy, expressing confidence that such show of love will continue to manifest.
On his part, Governor Ugwuanyi, on behalf of the government and good people of Enugu State, formally welcomed Gov. Wike and his entourage including the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Austin Okpara, to the state, to sympathize with them over the death of his Commissioner for Transport and younger brother of Senator Ekweremadu.
The governor thanked the Rivers State governor for his show of solidarity and support, “in a time like this”, saying: “We cannot thank you enough”.