By Florence Ugbem
National President, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Mr Camillus Ukah has commended the Benue state government for producing notable indigenes who have excelled in writing and other fields of endeavour.
Speaking during a condolence visit to the state government over the death of Prof. Jerry Agada, which was held at the Benue People’s House, Mr Ukah thanked the state government for not just boosting the capacity of food in the state but also boosting the capacity of producing notable personalities such as the late Prof. Agada, Prof. Amali and Dr Maria Ajima, who he said have excelled in the field of writing.
The ANA National President appealed to the state government to immortalise Prof. Agada in recognition of his achievements in the field of writing and public office. He described the late professor as a father, mentor, colleague and brother.
“He is like an iroko tree that has spread it’s branches far and wide, the tree has a base which is Benue state, we appreciate the source of the tree that has provided shade far and beyond,” he said.
Mr Ukah described the death of Prof. Agada as a great loss, stating that they are consoled that he lived a good life, and was a good representation of a writer. Also, he thanked the government for its consistency in supporting ANA.
Responding, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom thanked the association for their show of love and concern. The governor assured them of working towards their request to immortalise Prof. Agada, which he said will not be a difficult task, considering his contributions to the state.
Represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu, the governor described the late professor as an ambassador of the state, an intelligent author, good father, who started his career with the state and rose to the rank of permanent secretary before his retirement.
It could be recalled that Prof. Agada was appointed Chairman Civil Service Commission, a position he held until his demise last December.