The Nigerian maritime industry stakeholders and operators have continued a rain of commiseration message to the President of Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Engr Greg Ogbeifun in honour of his late mother, and Matriarch of the Ogbeifun Family of Benin City, Edo State, who passed on to glory of January 9th, 2019 at the ripe age of 100 years; and was buried on March 7th, 2019 in Benin City, the Edo State capital, witnessed by several dignitaries.
Notable among those who commiserated with Engr Greg were the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki; Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dakuku Peterside; Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote, former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Chief Adebayo Sarumi and former Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, Adamu Biu were among guests that graced the burial ceremony.
Others include the immediate past President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu; former President, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Dr Omoegbai Omo Eboh; and former President, Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES), Engr. Charles Uwadia, among others.
Speaking of the Matriarch, the SOAN Arrowhead described his mother as a good mother, who painstakingly looked after her children, until she drew her last breath on January 9th.
“No matter how old she was, knowing that you have a mother will always give you that confidence in doing what you want to do.
“I call my mother a good mother hen. When a hen hatches, she will cover those chicks with her wings and they will stay there in safety and the hen generally oversees her children until they become independent enough and that was what mama was.
“All of us 10 that she gave birth to, she also nurtured to imbibe certain qualities in life such as integrity, honesty, hard work; and she always admonished us to have a relationship with Christ so that we can live a worthy Christ like-life.
“Mama was always focused on her children with my father, before he passed on, ensuring that we toe the part of honesty and integrity and above all, the fear of God”, Engr. Ogbeifun highlighted further.
The Matriarch had 10 children, 44 grand children and 22 great grand children.