Just in: After Losing Father, Governor Okowa Mourns Again
- The entire Delta state government has been thrown into mourning following the death of Mary Iyasere
- Until her demise, Iyasere was the special adviser on entrepreneurship development to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
- Iyasere was formerly the commissioner for commerce and tourism during the governor's first term in office
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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state on Wednesday, September 22, lost his special adviser on entrepreneurship development, Mary Iyasere.
Late Iyasere who served as the state's commissioner for commerce and tourism during Governor Okowa’s first administration, was later appointed to the office she occupied until her death, The Nation reports.
Naturally, Iyasere's death has brought sadness to her principal, his cabinet members, and the state government.
Hailing from the Urhuakpor community, the deceased lawyer was an Urhobo chief in Agbon Kingdom.
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Perhaps she will be mostly remembered for being the founder of the Ethiope East LGA-based Urhuakpor Women in Politics (UWIP).
Tears as Governor Okowa loses father
Recall that Okowa had lost his father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa, to the cold hands of death. A government statement seen by Legit.ng indicated that Okowa's father died in the early hours of Thursday, January 28.
Late Okowa who hailed from Owa-Alero, Ika North East local government area of the state died at the age of 88 years at Asaba, the state capital. He was fondly called AOU, an acronym for the Okpara-Uku of Owa-Alero.
Although the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed, a family source told journalists that the governor's father had been battling with sickness for a while.
Tears, tributes as Governor Okowa’s father is laid to rest
The remains of Sir Okowa was on Tuesday, February 16, laid to rest at Owa-Alero, Ika North East local government area of the state amid tears and tributes to a man many have described as an enigma.
The Okowa family had earlier announced that the funeral ceremony would be a private affair. But, besides family members, some prominent Deltans including Okowa's deputy Benjamin Elue and former governor James Ibori attended the ceremony.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government revealed that Archbishop of Bendel Province, Anglican Communion, Archbishop Cyril Odutemu presided over the ceremony.