At Okunbo’s memorial: Cleric charges youths on skills devt

The President of Rock of Ages Christian Assembly, Pastor Charles Osazuwa, has advised the youths to embrace skills development, in order to add value to governance in the country.

Osazuwa gave the charge on Monday in a sermon he delivered at the one-year memorial service in honour of the late Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions, Idahosa Okunbo in Benin.

The cleric said it had become imperative for the youths to learn a trade in the face of the present economic realities in Nigeria, amidst the global challenges.

According to him, developing set skills remains the only way Nigerian youths can be useful to themselves and the society in general.

The event which had in attendance notable personalities from all walks of life, was witnessed by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State represented by his deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu.

The event was heralded by deluge of praises and commendation for the late business mogul by those present at the occasion.

The event, which was held at the Well Hosa’s Greenhouse Farm along the Benin bypass, also had religious and traditional leaders in attendance.

In his remark, Obaseki said “Okunbo lives on and will continue to live on, asserting that “we can go on and on how he had touched lives. I have a personal relationship with him, and obviously we will miss him”.

Similarly, a former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori described Okunbo as somebody who would never say no to any request no matter how difficult.

“He would say I had done it, but it was tough,” said the erstwhile Delta governor.

To the family, Ibori said “We are your fathers, brothers and as long as I continue to breathe, you, the family, have me by your side.

“He was a great man and we will continue to miss him. He has not left; he is still with us.”

Okunbo’s daughter who is the wife of the Olu of Warri, Olori Atuwatse III, said she was yet to recover from the demise of her father one year after.

“His departure felt like a thousand pillars crushing my heart. It heralded a phase of grief that I didn’t know I could eventually conquer, were it not for the mercies of God through Jesus Christ and the fantastic people I have been gifted with.

“This is why we have converged here today at the magnificent Well Hosa’s farm; one of my dear father’s entrepreneurial legacies while he was with us and where he continues to rest to give God thanks,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the Okunbo family, Mr Kingsley Okunbo called for unity which he said was what his late brother stood for.

“It has been a long one year; only one thing has bond this family together and it is love and we will not trade it for anything.

“Cappy (Okunbo) never played with the love that bond the family and this by the grace of God we will continue”

Other dignitaries present were representatives from the Palace of the Oba of Benin, the palace of Olu of Warri, Segun Awolowo Jnr, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Osarodion Ogie and several others.