From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has named the Nassarawa Eggon Modern Market after the late Aren Eggon, Dr Bala Angbazo, for his contribution to Eggon community and the state at large.
Sule made this known at the funeral ceremony of the late paramount ruler of Eggon, Dr Angbazo held on Tuesday in his country home, Awayi, Wakama Ward in Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, who eulogised the good virtues of the late traditional ruler, said the ongoing construction of the Nassarawa Eggon Modern Market after completion would be named after the royal father.
“The late royal father contributed positively to the development of the state and the country at large. I, urge the family, Eggon nation and the state at large to take solace in God,” he said.
He, therefore, prayed for the repose of the soul of the monarch.
In his remark, the President, Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA) WorldWide, Mr David Abuluya, said that Eggon nation has lost a great peace promoter and a rare gem.
Abuluya said the deceased had contributed immensely to the development of education, religion and other sectors of the economy in the country.
He said: “The entire Eggon nation have lost a father, a great peace promoter, a rare gem, a bridge builder, an accomplished disciplinarian and a great grandfather, who ensured peaceful co-existence amongst the different ethnic groups in Nasarawa State and Nigeria at large.
“Our late Aren Eggon was a unifier and he lived an accomplished and fulfilled life.
“He established the Angbazo Memorial Comprehensive College, Awayi. He assisted, encouraged and supported our people and other Nigerians in acquiring both western and religious education.
“Baba encouraged me to ensure the development of my own polytechnic, Nacabs Polytechnic in Akwanga.
“Baba wished that I should use my wealth of experience to revive the dying Eggon Community Secondary School, Nassarawa Eggon, when I assumed office as the ECDA President.
“I wish Baba could have been alive to see the work I have been doing with the support of Eggon sons and daughters in the school.
“Presently, the school is being revived as the number of enrolment increased from 13 to 628 students with regular payment of salary to academic and non-academic staff.”
Earlier, President, Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), Rev. Stephen Panya, who presided over the burial rite, urged Christians and other Nigerians to live exemplary life worthy of emulation.
Panya, who preached on the topic “Jesus Says”, said that there was life after death, hence the need for people to live a life worth of emulation while on earth.
The ECWA president said the late paramount ruler of Eggon nation lived a fulfilled life while on earth and called on other people to emulate his good virtues.
The Voice reports that the burial had in attendance, prominent personalities including Governor Sule and his counterpart from Plateau State, Governor Simon Lalong and the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, as well as Emir of Lafia HRH Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad (Rtd), who led other traditional rulers among other personalities.
The late Angbazo was born in Wakama District of Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state in 1933.
He ascended the throne of his fore father’s on July 11, 1981, and reigned for 41 years before his death on July 13, at the age of 89.
He is survived by a wife, children and grand children.