Family Sets Up 22-man Burial Committee for Kokori

Sylvester Idowu in Warri

The family of late elder statesman and labour leader, Chief Frank Kokori, has announced a committee saddled with the responsibility of organising a befitting burial for the octogenarian.

 Kokori, ex-Secretary General of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), passed December 7, 2023 – the exact day he clocked 80 – after a protracted illness.

The burial committee list, which was released in Warri yesterday by his son,  Mr Kive Kokori on behalf of the family, has 22 members chaired by Archbishop Philip Orovwuje.

“Mr Kive Kokori on behalf of the family, after due consultations, wishes to announce the composition of a burial planning committee of distinguished persons.

“This is to plan a befitting burial for this highly respected, revered, compassionate, selfless and principled Nigerian whose contribution and commitment to the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria is indelible,” the statement said.

It listed Orovwuje  as Chairman;  Issa Aremu as Alternate Chairman; Dr. Akin Awodeyi-Akinsehinwa as Deputy Chairman (Political);  John Odah – Deputy Chairman(Labour) and Kayode Komolafe as Deputy Chairman (Media/Civil Society).

It also listed Elvis Asoro as Secretary; Fred Oghenesivbe (member); Alex Agwanwhor–NUPENG rep (member) Thompson Ogbodo– NUPENG rep (member); Innocent Iyere–NUPENG rep (member) and Johnson Okoro (member).

Others members included: Ese Agiri; Felix  Ayanruoh; Ebenezer Adurokiya; Ken Omamogho; Elvis Erute; Tobore Ovumedia; Barry Awoda; Frank Kokori Jnr.;  Efe Kokori;  Kive Kokori and Onome Kokori.

“The committee is charged with the responsibility of liaising with the federal and state governments, labour, corporate organisations, individuals and other stakeholders with the aim of organising a befitting burial for this distinguished elder statesman.

“In due course, the committee will make public, further details regarding the burial, including a date after the required consultations.

“We thank the committee members who despite their very busy schedules have graciously agreed to do this as a mark of honour for a great Nigerian patriot and hero,” it stated.

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