The Lagos State Government is planning a special Farewell Ceremony to commemorate the passing of Sir Michael Agbolade Otedola.
The state said this was a way of giving a befitting honour and recognition to its former Governor, who died on May 5.
The state government, which had earlier declared a week of mourning and the lowering of flags at half-mast in respect of the former Governor, has accordingly set aside next Wednesday as “Day of Tributes”, for the recognition of the great contributions of the Epe-born politician to Lagos State.
The programme, which will hold at Onikan Stadium, Lagos from 1000 hours Nigeria time, is, according to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, expected to attract dignitaries from all walks of life, including former Governors of the State and notable eminent personalities across the country.
A statement by the Commissioner stated that the former Governor would lie in state at his Epe residence next Thursday while a Christian wake- keep would hold at the same venue that afternoon.
The late octogenarian would be buried on Friday, after a funeral mass /rites at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ibowon, at 1100 hrs, after which guests would be hosted at a reception at St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Eredo.
The Commissioner enjoined Lagosians and Nigerians to support the state government in giving befitting respect and honour to the departed leader.
Otedola, a former journalist, PR consultant and politician extra-ordinarie, was the second civilian governor of Lagos State.
He was in office from 1991 to 1992.
– CAJ News