Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The federal government has inaugurated a committee to be saddled with the burial of the late former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
The committee was inaugurated yesterday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
A statement issued last night by Mohammed T. K. Nakorji, the Deputy Director (Press), Office of the SGF, said Mustapha would serve as the chairman of the 10-man committee that has the following people as members: Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, and Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura.
Others are Pastor Goodheart Obi Ekwueme, Secretary to the Anambra State Government; Prof. Osita Chukwulobelu and Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, OSGF; Dr. Roy Ugo, who is designated as the secretary.
Ekwueme, who was the vice president to Alhaji Shehu Shagari in the defunct Second Republic from 1979 to 1983, died in a London hospital on November 19 at the age of 85.
While eulogising Ekwueme for rendering meritorious service to the nation, Mustapha assured the family members, who are part of the committee, that Ekwueme would be given a befitting state burial.
The SGF said the federal government would foot the bill as well as evacuate the body from the London hospital to Nigeria.