Governor Udom Emmanuel on Saturday, July 13, led a delegation of top government functionaries to condole with the family of former National President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Edmundson Akpabio, during the funeral service of his late wife, Edith Ebose Akpabio, who passed on at 82.
The funeral ceremony was conducted by the Living Faith Church, a.k.a Winners Chapel, held at the Country home of Dr. Akpabio, along Edmundson Drive, Mkpok, in Onna Local Government Area.
Presenting a condolence message on behalf of the government and people of the state, Governor Emmanuel expressed sympathy to the bereaved family, acknowledging that it was a painful experience to loose a loved one in death.
“The loss of a partner is a painful experience. As a people and as a government, we share in your deep sense of sorrow and loss at this moment of bereavement.
“We want you to be comforted at the fact that your wife was a humble woman who lived her life in strict adherence to Christian values and propelling desires to serve the needs of humanity”, Emmanuel remarked.
He further urged them to be consoled that the deceased lived a life worthy of emulation as a devout Christian who worked hard to ‘water the seeds of faith’ in her church, adding, “you and your family, sir, are in our prayers”.
Emmanuel said that he was impressed at the numerous tributes poured on the deceased by family, friends and church members, noting that the life of late Mrs. Akpabio, was marked by loyalty, transparency as well as honesty and asserted that these virtues saw her through her career in Union Bank of Nigeria.
The Akwa Ibom State Chief Executive stressed the importance of having high moral standard while alive, remarking with delight that the deceased died as a happy and fulfilled woman leaving a model for other Christians to follow.
In a homily, the officiating minister, Pastor Adetiba Ogbendewo, who anchored his sermon on Ecclesiastes 3 :1 – 2, said that death is the inevitable end of all mortals, asserting that an individual living a wicked life was preparing his soul for destruction.
Preaching on the theme: ‘Blessedness of Living a Good Life’, Pastor Ogbendewo stated that a funeral day calls for sober reflection of what legacies an individual would leave behind after death, explaining that living a life worth celebrating after transition, should be everyone’s desire.
The cleric maintained that living a good life will earn a person the profit of eternal life, calling on Christians to re-examine their livestyles and effect necessary changes as there is no repentance in the grave.
A biography of the deceased has it that the Late Mrs. Akpabio started her career with the then Barclays Bank (now Union Bank), in Benin, as a shorthand typist in February 1955 and rose to the post of Secretary to the Eastern Area Manager of the Bank after the civil war in 1970.
The biography says that she later became the pioneer Secretary to the Manager with whom she opened the Uyo Branch of the Bank and voluntarily retired after 26 years of meritorious service, to assist her husband in managing his medical outfit, Mfonabasi Medical Services where she worked as Secretary and Head of Administration and Accounts.
It further indicated that the Late Mrs. Akpabio was ordained as an Elder in the Chosen Church of Christ, a position which was confirmed when she became a member of the Living Faith Church, where she served as an active member of the Hospitality and Sanctuary Units until her demise.
The Governor was accompanied by the former Military Governor of the State and Director General of the Divine Mandate Organization, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Obong Paul Ekpo, immediate past member representing Eket Federal Constituency, Mrs. Owoidighe Ekpoattai, State Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Harrison Ekpo, Head of the State Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien, Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries among others.
Credit: Evelyn Ibanga