President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to be among personalities that would pay their last respects to the Bayelsa amazons, whose lives were cut short in a ghastly auto crash on the 14th of February 2015.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson stated this when members of the Bayelsa Development Forum paid him a condolence visit in Government House, Yenagoa.
Thanking the forum for the visit, Governor Dickson explained that the memorial service earlier scheduled for Saturday last week was postponed to Tuesday 24thFebruary to enable the President attend the solemn Church service.
His words: “We thought it proper as a government to honour their memory by organizing a state funeral service, which would hold tomorrow (Tuesday). It should have held last Saturday, but the President called to extend his condolences and also offered to be part of the funeral service and so we had to adjust to accommodate his convenience. Hopefully, he would be with us to pay his last respect to our departed fellow citizens.
“I want to use this opportunity to invite our elders and leaders like you to be part of that funeral service, because that is the only way we can honour their memory and respect all that we know about them.”
The Governor, who stressed that the event would be strictly on invitation, urged people of goodwill, not only to be part of the programme, but also support the bereaved families.
He lamented the losses, describing the deceased as women, who were in their prime in terms of contributing towards the development of the state and prayed God to grant their loved ones fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman of the Bayelsa Development Forum, Chief Thompson Okorotie, noted that the incident had dealt a devastating blow to the state.
Chief Okorotie commended Governor Dickson for the steps taken by his government to identify with the bereaved families and indicated the preparedness of the forum to be part of the funeral church service.