Daniel, Utuama mourn Eghagha, Ogun first military administrator
THE first Military Administrator of Ogun State, Brigadier Harris Eghagha, is dead. He was aged 75.
A statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Samuel in Abeokuta yesterday, indicated that ”family sources disclosed that Eghagba passed on in the early hours of yesterday at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).”
According to the statement, the deceased etched his name in the annals of Ogun State ”as helmsman who supervised the transition to the first civilian administration in the state.”
He handed over to the first civilian governor of the state, Chief Olabisi Onabanjo.
The State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel in his condolence message, described the deceased as a gallant officer and most worthy predecessor.
Daniel saluted Eghagba as one of the founding fathers of Ogun State ”whose imprints of governance continued to stand out decades after he left office.”
”Although not an indigene of Ogun State, Brigadier Eghagha contributed valiantly with patriotism to putting in place the building blocks of the modern Ogun State,” Daniel added.
The governor mentioned the deceased’s landmark achievements to include the legislative quarters and the road network in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The Deputy Governor of Delta, Prof. Amos Utuama, has also sympathised with the family of the late General and Administrator.
Utuama described the deceased as one of the illustrious sons of the country who served in truth and was dedicated to the development of his nation.
During a visit to the Eghagha family at number 40 Omo Ighodalo Street, Ogudu GRA yesterday, Utuama noted that Eghagha was a big loss to the country and the Urhobo nation as a whole.
According to him, ”Eghagha served the country with his total mind and lived a life of service. He retired meritoriously from the military and lived the rest of his live in pursuing the growth and development of Nigeria.”
The deputy governor, who was received by the eldest man in the family, promised that Delta State would be fully involved in the funeral arrangements of the deceased.
In his condolence message, Utuama wrote: ”Your record of service in the army and in governance is worthy of emulation. I am happy that both the immediate and the larger family have taken the death of Eghagha in a Christian way.
The retired general, fondly known as bridge master, among his colleagues was commended for leading honest life and his crusade against corruption.
The deceased was survived by seven children.