President Buhari is committed to giving a former Vice President, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme, a befitting burial, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has revealed.
Ngige said this on at Ekwueme’s hometown in Oko, Anambra State, after inspecting facilities for the burial of the late VP. He said Buhari had committed about N1bn on Ekwueme from the day the FG took over his medical bills to date. .
He revealed that road rehabilitation alone in Anambra State and neighbouring communities of Imo and Abia states in preparation for Ekwueme’s burial had gulped about N480m.
Ngige said FG was not leaving anything to chances in ensuring that the Ekwueme family enjoys the role their late patriarch played in building a better Nigeria. He said, “You know that I belong to the Ekwueme family; I’m part of that family.
I’m in various committees and subcommittees for the burial of this great statesman. I can tell you authoritatively that Mr President (Buhari) is committed and passionate in ensuring a befitting burial for Ekwueme.
If he doesn’t come for the burial himself, I’m sure the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will be here for the burial as a matter of right. The FG is building the mausoleum, which will contain a modern library and other facilities and I also know the cost of that too.
And remember that the FG took up all the medical bills of flying him abroad and bringing him back to Nigeria from London upon his death. The cost of hiring an air ambulance is not a joke. So, Buhari has honoured this Igbo son in all ramifications.
He has committed not less than N1billion in this project because he is passionate about it,” Ngige stated. The Minister added that the FG was considering naming a national monument after Ekwueme to immortalise him.