The Ondo State Government has announced October 4 date for the interment of the former governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, who died last Friday, September 13.
According to a three-day burial programme announced by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, in Akure on Thursday, burial events will kick off with a Tribute Day on September 30 at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
The body of the late politician is expected to leave Lagos on October 3, to arrive at the Akure Airport by 9am same day and a lie-in-state at the Democracy Park, Akure.
The statement added, “Another lying-in-state cum wake will take place on the same day beginning from 5pm at the Civic Centre, Iju-Odo, Okitipupa Local Government.
“A burial service will hold for the deceased on the Friday, October 4 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Iju-Odo also in Okitipupa Local Government by 11 am.
“The remains of the Late Dr. Agagu will be interred at the same venue and reception follows at Manuwa Memorial Grammar School in the same town.”
At a special prayer session in Akure on Wednesday, Governor Olusegun Mimiko charged the people of the state to troop out for the burial to honour his late predecessor.
Mimiko had earlier declared a seven-day of mourning in the state in honour of the late Agagu, describing his predecessor as a colossus of intellectual and political capabilities.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State on Thursday urged the state government to immortalise the late former governor by naming some edifices in the state, including the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, after him.
The party said it had set up a 50-man committee, led by a former deputy speaker in the state House of Assembly, Mayowa Akinfolarin, to organise a befitting burial for Agagu.
The state chairman of the party, Ebenezer Alabi, while briefing journalists in Akure said Agagu lived a Spartan life.
Alabi added however that the PDP plan to give the ex-governor a befitting burial was “without prejudice to the state burial plan being proposed and planned by his family and the government of Ondo State.”